Pharmacists refusing to fill orders for The Pill - page 3

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  1. by   Nemhain
    Quote from MandyInMS
    I'm sorry but I don't get it...it's not their job to judge anyone..I'm sure we have all come across circumstances that we were not comfortable with, nor do we agree with..but it's not anyones place to force our opinions/beliefs on others..a pts health care is between them and their MD, and we have to honor their decisions no matter what we may think or feel. The only time I would refuse to give a med/tx is if I thought it may cause that pt harm. I mean, if you think about it..if a pharmacist refuses to fill birth control, what's next? no meds for std's because they think the pt is too 'friendly'..or AIDS meds because they think the pt is homosexual..and on and on....just because they fill the rx doesn't make them responsible for the outcome...pt/MD decision..not the pharmacist.
    GOOD POINT! The one I really don't get is when the pharmacist refuses to fill it and then won't give the pt. the doctor's perscription back to be filled somewhere else. I think that is wrong and it's stealing!!! :angryfire
  2. by   dazzle256
    Quote from mercyteapot
    I'm having trouble understanding how a pharmacy like CVS is still employing this guy. Surely they have established guidelines as to what a pharmacist can and can't do. I once had a pharmacist refuse to fill a script for a med because he felt that the dosage was too high and said he wouldn't fill it till he spoke to my doctor. I elected to fill it elsewhere, but I did understand his right to make *that* refusal, and I'm sure the drugstore would have backed him up as well (although, the pharmacist at another store of the same chain filled it without batting an eyelash).
    The pharmacist did the right thing by refusing to fill the script in your case if he felt the need to clarify the order.
  3. by   dazzle256
    Quote from Nemhain
    GOOD POINT! The one I really don't get is when the pharmacist refuses to fill it and then won't give the pt. the doctor's perscription back to be filled somewhere else. I think that is wrong and it's stealing!!! :angryfire
    I missed the part of the pharmacist not giving the script back. That is totally wrong.
  4. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from KarenAR
    So, what can nurses do about this?

    What can citizens do about this?

    ..
    First you can contact Planned Parenthood online-from there you can be kept abreast of current legislation and how to let your voices be heard.They have links to contact your senators and representatives.......Then you can e-mail CVS and after that you can e-mail the The American Pharmacists Association and your states Board of pharmacy..You can also volunteer for your local political party and when the next election rolls around le'ts hope we can stop the errosion of our rights......Any one else have any other ideas?
  5. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from KarenAR
    So, what can nurses do about this?

    What can citizens do about this?

    ..
    First you can contact Planned Parenthood online-from there you can be kept abreast of current legislation and how to let your voices be heard.They have links to contact your senators and representatives.......Then you can e-mail CVS and after that you can e-mail the The American Pharmacists Association and your states Board of pharmacy..You can also volunteer for your local political party and when the next election rolls around le'ts hope we can stop the errosion of our rights......Any one else have any other ideas?
  6. by   MyReign1
    What about people who take the bcp for non birth control reasons? Just because a pill was developed for a specific reason doesn't meant it is used for that reason alone. That's ridiculous.
  7. by   Dialyzin' Dar
    I'm a dialysis patient... will I someday face the same thing if the pharmacist doesn't "believe" in dialysis?

    I am taking the Pill to regulate an extremely irregular cycle-- thank God I have not run into anyone who refused to fill my prescription.

    I had considered a pharmacist career, but realized I'd have had a hard time dispensing any medication that would cause abortion-- SO I DIDN'T CHOOSE THAT CAREER! I guess that makes me smarter than the pharmacists mentioned... wow, that makes me feel good!
  8. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from KarenAR
    Because it's not about the pharmacist's own personal beliefs; it's about the pharmacist wanting to dictate the patient's actions according to those beliefs.

    Because it's not about the pharmacist minding his own business and doing his job; it's about judging the patient.

    Because it's not about protecting the pharmacist from having to take part in something he doesn't believe in; it's about the pharmacist wanting to take away the patient's choice.

    Because it's not about pharmacy policy; it's about political policy.

    Because it's not about doing what's right; it's about doing what's "righteous."

    And because it's not just a prescription; it's a witch hunt.

    And it's ridiculous.

    And it has to stop.

    But it won't stop if we let it keep going.
    :angryfire

    I couldn't have said it any better myself.
  9. by   kat29
    Our great god-fearing President Bush will just love this one. How long will it be before he tries to add this one to the Constitution???
  10. by   ktwlpn
    Has anyone gone to Planned Parenthood web site and starting advocating for your rights? They make it very easy with from letters and links....
  11. by   NurseGuy_in_06
    I agree that the pharmacist should not withhold a person's valid prescription which would stop them from filling it elsewhere BUT neither should that pharmacist be FORCED to dispense medication that goes against his/her personal beliefs. Pro-choice advocates forget that the doctor-nurse-pharmacist should also have the choice not to participate in something they believe is wrong.
  12. by   mercyteapot
    As a pro-choice advocate, I have forgotten nothing. The pharmacist absolutely has the right not to fill a valid prescription. This right can be exercised by working someplace where customers won't be bringing in said valid prescriptions. They can't have it both ways- the right to work in a retail environment that solicits customers and then the right to tell those customers, yes, we want your business, but not for that particular perfectly legal, perfectly valid prescription.
  13. by   NurseGuy_in_06
    Quote from mercyteapot
    As a pro-choice advocate, I have forgotten nothing. The pharmacist absolutely has the right not to fill a valid prescription. This right can be exercised by working someplace where customers won't be bringing in said valid prescriptions. They can't have it both ways- the right to work in a retail environment that solicits customers and then the right to tell those customers, yes, we want your business, but not for that particular perfectly legal, perfectly valid prescription.
    For the sake of this discussion I am referring to a pharmacy that is owned by the pharmacist and not a chain. Just because a person decides to work in a chosen field does not mean that person has to give up their beliefs. What would you say to a pharmacist that refused to sell condoms? If you had a Muslim working for you would you give them the time to pray 5 times a day or would you tell them to go somewhere else and work? And if I may inquire, why are you pro-choice?

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