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More Drugstores Refusing to Sell Contraceptive Products

June 17, 2008 11:16 AM
by Liz Colville
A number of new drugstores opening up in the United States do not stock contraceptives or fill birth control prescriptions.

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A drugstore opening in Chantilly, Va., this summer is part of a growing trend of pharmacies choosing not to carry contraceptive products or to fill birth-control prescriptions, The Washington Post reports.

The trend comes on the heels of a growing number of individual pharmacists practicing their beliefs in the workplace by refusing to fill prescriptions for contraceptives such as morning-after pills.

State regulations addressing the rights of pharmacists to refuse to dispense certain prescriptions vary widely in scope and language.

Many follow the American Pharmacist Association’s policy, which states that a pharmacist may refuse to fill a prescription, provided that he or she then refers the customer to a fellow pharmacist or a different pharmacy. A few states mandate that pharmacists fill all lawful prescriptions.

At the same time that reproductive rights advocates are criticizing pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions, conservative groups are objecting to proposals for new clinics in schools that offer a full line of contraceptive products to school children as young as 11.

Headline Link: ‘“Pro-Life” Drugstores Market Beliefs’

Background: Refusing to fill birth control prescriptions

Opinions & Analysis: Levels of access to birth control methods

Reference: Women’s health


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