Friday, January 05, 2007

Pre-filled Bill S. 0126 gives pharmacists freedom to exercise moral objections

Except for pharmacists, all other health care providers are exempt from involvement in procedures because of moral objections. Being a druggist myself, I have a personal issue here. This bill includes abortion inducing medications, but has broader implications. For example, several years ago, one of our pharmacists refused to fill prescriptions for a patient simply because the patient was being overmedicated. The prescriber had the patient on several drugs within the same therapeutic class. I remember him saying “Look hear Doc, you’ve got this girl on enough dope to drop an elephant!” I’d like to see protections for druggists exercising their conscience.