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  •  I agree with you in the situation where (0+ / 0-)

    there is no competition -- as I said elsewhere, that's more of a monopoly, and the town has an interest in making sure that emergency medication will be available to them.  

    I think that it's different in the vast majority of towns, where there's not only a chain pharmacy (Walgreen's, etc.) but maybe a Wal-Mart that has a pharmacy, and maybe even a hospital that has a pharmacy attached.  There, I think it's up to the owner of the family-owned pharmacy what they want to carry.  There's no reason in that case to force a family-owned pharmacy to sell something it doesn't want to sell, for whatever reason.  

    •  Do you live in (13+ / 0-)

      "the vast majority of towns" in America or have you ever removed yourself from the interstate and driven through them? The vast majority of towns don't have a lot in the way of facilities, much less pharmacies.

      One drug store is pretty common. And keep in mind that it's the pharmacist that claims the exemption. So you can have two Walgreens and a Rite Aid and every so-called Christian pharmacist in the town would refuse to dispense the drug.

      There's a tiny drug store around the corner from my house in WA that doesn't dispense narcotics. The owner doesn't want the risk of robbery nor to deal with all the extra DEA paperwork. And he hangs a big sign on the front door that says "we don't sell narcotic medicines including these drugs:-------. Walgreens at (address) and Rite Aide (address) can help you. Walgreens is open 24 hours." The pharmacist will answer questions, offer OTCs (from NSAIDs to herbals) to tide the patient over until they can get to the chain pharmacy, fax the prescription over to expedite things. Whatever they can do to help.

       THAT, I understand. That, I'm fine with. That is a drugstore owner/pharmacist who is there to take care of his patients.

      But the point of these other pharmacists is to delay and humiliate patients. I've walked into some of these drug stores. If there were warnings posted, women wouldn't waste their time going there. There are none. They want to stare a woman down and say, "this is wrong."

      Well screw them. If they don't want to sell contraceptives, they should own general stores. Pharmacists who want to preach the Bible should have become ministers.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 01:24:35 PM PDT

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      •  That's exactly it. (2+ / 0-)
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        They want the power and the twisted pleasure of shaming a woman, to her face.

      •  I was denied the morning after pill (5+ / 0-)

        that my doctor prescribed me and TIME is of the essense with those!!!!!!!

        the pharmacy was also a hallmark store out in nowheresville where the next pharmacy was two hours away.

        They asked me to wait OUTSIDE in the parking lot.  The pharmacist came out and held my hand and apologized for the wait.  I asked WTF was I sent outside for and he said his assistant refused to dispense these types of pills.

        I was LIVID.  

        Thank you Grover! You are absolutely correct.

        It's a form of shaming.  Public shaming.  I could tell the pharmacist was not happy with having to talk to me outside.  I went inside and told his assistant to fuck off and die.  And that I would never make  a purchase in that store again.  

        I was married with my husband and the condom broke.  My kidneys can't take another pregnancy and my husband's insurance didn't cover vasectomies and the nearest planned parenthood was twho hours away.

        Screw these people that say pharamacies can choose what medicines to dispense.  I couldn't choose to go to another store.  

        Close them down if they can't provide what doctors presribe.  

        "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

        by Damnit Janet on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 06:13:41 PM PDT

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        •  Totally lame. (0+ / 0-)

          I've had pharmacists complete a sale any number of times. The jack ass could have filled the RX and taken payment. If the drugstore was refusing to stock the med because of a pharmacy assistant, that's just as lame.

          Did you let your doc know about this? S/he may not be able to influence the pharmacy policy, at least he can tell a patient he writes the RX for where it can and can't be filled.

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 06:39:44 PM PDT

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          •  sorry been gone/work issues (0+ / 0-)

            Yes I did let my medical doctor know but the nearest RX was so far away there.  

            I wasn't actually "denied" the pills AND INSTRUCTIONS, I was delayed and then made to wait out in the hot parking lot.  

            Glad I got the hell out of that area.  Wal Mart ended up killing what was left.  Lake County, Calif.

            "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

            by Damnit Janet on Fri Jun 29, 2012 at 09:52:01 AM PDT

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      •  Ohh, why not force proactive disclosure? (0+ / 0-)

        For those who live in states where conscience laws are on the books, ask your drug store if they carry the products. If not, and there is no sign about that, ask why. Do they have pharmacists on staff who will not fill the prescriptions? If they are guilty of any of these, and it is at all possible to do so, take your business elsewhere - after you tell them you are and why.

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 06:30:00 PM PDT

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    •  The vast majority of towns means (1+ / 0-)
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      nothing to the woman who is stuck in one that doesn't have any pharmacy that can or will fill the prescription.

      When the pill first became readily available on college campuses it was only about 97% effective - and before Roe. I started explaining to the guys who couldn't understand why sex was not an option "There is no such thing as being 3% pregnant."

      In the argument about it being a business decision, there is no reason the price can't reflect the cost. It isn't quite the same as not carrying every BP med, etc. in stock. If the incidence is that rare, all they need is one or two doses. If they have to buy 15, they can adjust the price. Hospital pharmacies even limit their formularies to a manageable cross section.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 06:13:09 PM PDT

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