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  •  I worked in the pharmacy at a Catholic hospital (2+ / 0-)
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    FishOutofWater, enhydra lutris

    in the late 90's that filled a few outpatient/general public prescriptions, but primarily served discharged inpatients, emergency room patients and employees.  Per policy, we didn't stock or dispense any contraceptives.  Period.  (no pun intended. lol)  That was often confounding to any number of patients - and it's not a policy that's easy to defend from the pharmacy counter.  
    "Wait a minute, I got this prescription from a doctor who works here, but you can't fill it here?" [extreme eye roll]
    Employees were even more hissy about the policy, because we would fill every other employee prescription (even special order/non-formulary drugs), but not contraceptives.  I guess there are degrees of discrimination, because IIRC, contraceptives were a covered benefit on our insurance plans (I guess I should be thankful for that).  But IMO it was discriminatory (but apparently legal) for my employer to exclude contraceptives from an otherwise universal employee prescription policy.    

    In the inpatient pharmacy, we did have one pack of old-school, high dose oral contraceptives that were dispensed under a Sexual Assault Protocol in the ER, but the medication was administered by nursing staff from either a County- or State-funded crisis response/victim advocacy group; the medication couldn't be administered by hospital staff.  (I was delivering a dose to the ER one night, and one of the staff nurses quipped that she was "glad I didn't get struck down by lightning" while carrying it.)

    Thanks so much for sharing this great information.  As a Washington state resident, contraceptives and reproductive rights are on my radar more than ever these days...

    Trial over Plan B prescriptions begins Monday  
    A legal battle over who must provide morning-after contraceptives such as Plan B lands in a federal courtroom Monday, testing Washington state Pharmacy Board rules requiring pharmacies to dispense any medication for which there is a community demand. A pharmacy in Olympia and two pharmacists in the state say they consider the medication an abortion agent and don't want to stock or dispense it.

    Will Swedish limit choices for women and the dying under Providence deal?
    Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and Compassion and Choices are worried that Catholic policies will end up prohibiting some reproductive and end-of-life services for patients when secular Swedish Health Services affiliates with religious Providence.

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