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Politics is so inconvenient

Planned Parenthood's http://www.saveroe.com/fillmypillsnow/ web site reports that Walgreens is among the pharmacies that allow their pharmacists to refuse to dispense prescriptions they don't personally approve of (this universally means prescriptions for birth control or emergency contraception).

According to the web site, the other pharmacies known to attack women's rights in this manner are Rite Aid, Target, Wal-Mart, and Winn Dixie.

I'm very annoyed at losing the convenience of being able to shop at my local 24 hour Walgreens.

Maybe I'll get a job at a steakhouse, claim to be an ethical vegetarian, and refuse to sell/serve any dishes with meat. That would take less time than going to pharmacy school just so I can become a pharmacist and refuse to dispense Viagra.

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kshandra
Dec. 13th, 2005 09:18 am (UTC)
I'm glad I transferred my scrips to Costco....
firecat
Dec. 13th, 2005 09:29 am (UTC)
All but one of mine are currently with a mail-order pharmacy; the one in question goes to Costco next time I have to fill it.
liveavatar
Dec. 13th, 2005 09:47 am (UTC)
FWIW, the Long's in Sequoia Station is open 24 hours.
firecat
Dec. 13th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
Good to know, thanks...
ailbhe
Dec. 13th, 2005 11:30 am (UTC)
They are allowed to refuse to prescribe hormone control? I mean, the morning after pill is one thing - some people think that falls under the pro-life vs pro-choice thing - but controlling whether or not people like me are functional 2 weeks out of 4 seems excessive religious zeal.

Go work in a steakhouse. PLEASE. Augh.

(Also, am excessively annoyed that I can't seem to post to current a.p feminism thread in which I commented on my card-sending duties as it is making me RAGE RAGE RAGE).
firecat
Dec. 13th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
According to the web site, Target only allows pharmacists to refuse to dispense the morning after pill. But there are other reports of other pharmacies refusing to dispense other kinds of birth control.

I'm not OK with the refusing to dispense the morning after pill. I mean, if a pharmacy decides not to carry it, that's one thing, but to carry it and allow an individual pharmacist to refuse to dispense it, but making a woman think that she can get it and then have to go to another pharmacy within the short window where the pill is effective - that is just harrassment.

Sorry about the posting problems. It's a terribly annoying thread, isn't it?
ailbhe
Dec. 13th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
Um, wow, so a pharmacist is allowed to refuse the MAP *even when the woman has no alternative*? without, like, a huge sign on the door saying "No contraception here, emergency or otherwise"? Do these people refuse to sell condoms, too?
usqueba
Dec. 13th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
They are allowed to refuse to prescribe hormone control?

That's what I was wondering. For me, birth control was a happy bonus, it wasn't the primary or even secondary reason I was taking hormones.

What if I brought a note from my doctor? :P
porcinea
Dec. 13th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
And we *need* you over there, too. What an annoying thread. I've actually dropped 2 of those guys into my killfile, 'til I can regain my composure.
leback
Dec. 14th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
I have mixed feelings on the annoyingness of threads like that. The upside is that the nitwits wind up drawing a lot of really brilliant stuff out of some of the people responding to them.

Pity it's not having that effect on ailbhe, though.
cheshyre
Dec. 13th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
*Grumble*

And I'm on a health care plan which *only* reimburses prescriptions filled thru Walgreens...
epi_lj
Dec. 13th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
I wonder if I could become a pharmacist an refuse to dispense weight loss drugs. I've already got Intro. to Pharmacology.

Wasn't Winn Dixie a dog from a recent Disney movie or something?
figmo
Dec. 13th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
The dog in the movie was named after the supermarket chain, IIRC, because he was found at one.
firecat
Dec. 13th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
Now THERE'S an idea.
figmo
Dec. 13th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
I also noticed Longs and Costco not on the list.

I can only hope most Walgreens pharmacists won't practice that.
firecat
Dec. 13th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
Costco is on the list of pharmacies that has explicitly said they will not allow the practice. Longs is on a list of pharmacies whose policy is unknown.

There is pending California legislation to ban such behavior.
loracs
Dec. 13th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
I'd be more upset, since I'm been using Walgreens for years now and I love the 24 hour and drive through convenience, but in Jan. I start Kaiser. There will be no moral dilemma because I'll only be able to get them through Kaiser's pharmacy.

But that just sucks.
firecat
Dec. 13th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd be a lot more upset if I were still getting all my meds from Walgreens. At this point I'm more upset about the loss of the nearby convenience store.
wordweaverlynn
Dec. 13th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
Must link to this.
kightp
Dec. 13th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
It's times like this when I thank heavens that my primary care physician is based in a clinic with its own pharmacy, and whose staff are entirely pro-choice. And that they're covered by my insurance plan.
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firecat
Dec. 13th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
Here (search for Walgreen) is a report that some pharmacists were "placed on unpaid leave" for refusing same. This is because of an Illinois law passed in August. This article states that Walgreens will help the pharmacists relocate to a state that doesn't have such a law, so Walgreens clearly is fine with pharmacists refusing to dispense prescriptions - unless it threatens their pharmacy license, as it does in Illinois.

In Austin it also required a government action.
ckd
Dec. 13th, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
Aaaaaaand one more reason I continue to patronize my local independent pharmacy.

(And as a PS to those "pro life" folks...you work in a store that sells cigarettes. Do you refuse to sell those, too? My pharmacy doesn't sell cigarettes, or snack food, or any of those ancillary potentially harmful things that Walgreens et al are happy to dispense.)
innerdoggie
Dec. 13th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
Now why won't the doctors/nurses give out the morning after pills in clinic? That's what they did when I was a student -- along with an anti-nausea chaser so you could keep 'em down.
porcinea
Dec. 13th, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
Shit! Thanks for the heads-up. I don't shop at the other places, but I did shop at Walgreen's. Sigh.
marykaykare
Dec. 14th, 2005 08:22 am (UTC)
Well, the excuse the bastards use is that BC pills may, in some cases, prevent a fertilized ovum from implanting. This is an abortion. To their minds. And abortion, QED, is wrong, so they can't sell those pills.

I assume selling condoms is ok unless they're Catholic. Condoms, after all, are under the MAN's control.

MKK
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