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  •  I got the same response (none)
    and had the same reaction. What the hell does that mean? "at a different pharmacy."

    What's the best way to put the pressure on these folks, or, at the very least, explain why in the hell it's okay to send your customers packing.

    •  The only reasonable (none)
      way to interpret this is that Target, in an effort to be "helpful," will either profice the woman with a list of non-diverse pharmacies (as mentioned earlier) who will honor her prescription or make a call in a "timely and respectful manner."

      At any rate, it's bullshit--and they should be made to feel the pressure.

      History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme--Mark Twain

      by lightiris on Wed Oct 19, 2005 at 01:52:24 PM PDT

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    •  Not acceptable (4.00)
      on many counts.  First, what if the only alternative is Wal-Mart, which, as a corporate policy, doesn't even stock the stuff?  How does this inconvenience the customer, especially if they took the bus to Target and don't have the ability to drive 5 miles to some other place?  Why would the religious beliefs of their employees take precence over helping their customers?

      Here's my email to Target:

      I am disgusted and dismayed to read of a Target pharmacist in Gravois Bluff, MO (or Fenton, MO, I've read 2 different accounts) who refused to handle a valid perscription because of religious beliefs.  If a pharmicist is unwilling to do his/her job then he should not be working as a pharmacist at all, and certainly not working for Target.

      I am further disgusted and dismayed that you are sending form letters to complainers indicating that your solution is to send people to "a different pharmacy."  In some communities, other pharmacies can be many miles away.  What if the other pharmacy is also staffed by pharmacists not worthy of the title who refuse to fill valid perscriptions because of their own beliefs?  This is NOT a valid solution!!!

      A pharmacist should not tell a patient that they cannot have legal perscriptions dispensed.  And a company like yours should not be aiding and abetting these criminals.  What's next?  Refusing to fill perscriptions for Ritalin, or Viagra, or Prozac, because it offends someone's beliefs?

      Finally, why on earth would you give in to these extortionists and decrease your own sales?  Don't you want to be BETTER than Wal-Mart?  Let them hire the crazy pharmacists, why don't you hire the reality-based professional ones?


      Chaos, fear, dread. My work here is done.

      by madhaus on Wed Oct 19, 2005 at 02:03:03 PM PDT

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      •  That is bad..... (none) arguement there.And I am all for using the power of your market choices to punish them if you diasgree.I can see both sides on this issue and will not take a hard position either way.My point was that you have the right to get mad and do something about this and Target(and Wal mart) has a right to decide wwhat,where,when,how and why they dispense drugs within the limits of federal guidelines.

         This is not about rights to me.It is about market choices.All your points are valid,but in the end Target has the right to ignore them or act on them as they choose.Just as you have the right to not use their services.

      •  asdf (none)
        not to undermine the seriousness of this, but if there's a target, there' more than one other pharmacy nearby.

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