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Hephaestion
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posted 13 January 2006 04:38 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post
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(Jackson) The Wyoming Pharmacy Board has tabled a controversial proposal that would have given pharmacists the authority not to fill prescriptions based on their personal beliefs.

The rule would have required pharmacists who choose not to fill prescriptions, based on their personal beliefs, to refer patients to druggists who would provide the medication.

But many who protested the proposed rule said it could cause hardship for patients because of the limited number of pharmacies in rural areas. Critics of the proposed rule said it would have allowed pharmacists to deny birth control pills or emergency contraception to women.

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Following more than 100 letters opposing the proposed rule, the board voted in October to reject the proposed change. However, board members said they wanted to reconsider it at their February meeting in Casper. Jim Carder, executive director of the Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy, said Monday the board wanted to look at policies in other states before deciding whether to redraft the proposal, and would not reconsider the rule next month.

"It's a dead issue as far as I can tell," Carder said. In some states, pharmacists have refused to give patients doctor-prescribed medication and have refused to transfer prescriptions to other pharmacists or return them to customers.


Of course, this proposal could also be used to allow pharmacists to refuse AIDS meds to 'mos, something that I rather suspect prompted this sudden concern for the "personal beliefs" of these set-upon pharmacists. Oh, and by the way, re: "...board members said they wanted to reconsider it at their February meeting in Casper." Yes, it's that Casper, Wyoming -- the same town outside which Matthew Shepard was tied to a fence, beaten and left to die. No small bit of symbolism here.

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