Idaho Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Mark Johnston confirmed that the board received the complaint alleging that on Nov. 6 a Walgreens pharmacist refused to fill a prescription ordered by one of Planned Parenthood's Boise-based nurse practitioners. The prescription was for a Planned Parenthood patient for Methergine, a medicine used to prevent or control bleeding of the uterus following childbirth or an abortion.If these facts are accurate, we have a pharmacist who is refusing to supply medication not because they believe it might cause an abortion, but because the medication might be used as palliative care secondary to (possibly) an abortion. While it is possible, I doubt the pharmacist asks every woman requesting antibiotics the same question. At Daily Kos they put it more succinctly: Idaho pharmacist OK with woman bleeding to death.
Planned Parenthood officials said the complaint states that the pharmacist inquired if the patient needed the drug for post-abortion care. The nurse refused to answer the question based on confidentiality of health information. According to Planned Parenthood, the pharmacist then stated that if the nurse practitioner did not disclose that information, she would not fill the prescription. The nurse alleged that the pharmacist hung up when asked for a referral to another pharmacy that would fill the prescription.
17 January 2011
Idaho case pushes boundary of conscience clause
This is why I think conscience clauses for pharmacists are generally not a good idea:
Posted by Tantalus Prime at 8:38 PM