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  •  I just wrote them this: (4.00)
    "Recently you responded to a complaint with:

    "'Like many other retailers, Target has a policy that . . .yada yada yada . . . health care needs of our guests while respecting the diversity of our team members.'

    "Since I write prescriptions for patients, including prescriptions for Plan B, I assume that if your pharmacist is not willing to fill a prescription he or she will immediately call another pharmacy so that the prescription is filled reliably and in a timely manner.  If this is not possible I will recommend that my patients NOT get any prescription filled at Target."

    •  I am assuming-- (none)
      maybe incorrectly--that they will call another pharmacy or provide a list.  But that's not good enough.  Women shouldn't have to drive around trying to get a valid prescription filled because of the religious views of the pharmacist working at the store she normally uses.

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

      by lightiris on Wed Oct 19, 2005 at 01:58:55 PM PDT

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      •  That is one of the things I mentioned (4.00)
        yesterday when talking with the Target supervisor.

        I gave the scenario of a woman working a 12 hour shift.  She leaves at 6:50am in the morning to drive to work, puts in her full day of work, then arrives in the Target parking lot at 7:30pm that evening. She has to find a parking spot, lock up the car, walk into the store and go back to the pharmacy.  She may have to wait 10 or 15 minutes in line for her turn, only to have some pharmacist sniff down his nose at her and tell her he doesn't believe in birth control.  So go away to another store. (That's if he even returns her prescription to her.  Some pharmacists have confiscated women's prescriptions)

        Maybe she has kid(s) waiting at home for her.  Or housework to do that evening once she gets home. Why should she be forced to drive around for hours looking to fill a prescription because some holier-than-thou fruitcake won't do his/her job?

        Believe me, I did this same routine for years.  So, it pisses me off to hear these stories.  I didn't have to go through this. Why do the young women of today have to put up with this?

        Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshall

        by bronte17 on Wed Oct 19, 2005 at 02:31:38 PM PDT

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        •  You're exactly right. (none)
          This issue, however, only resonates with a certain segment of society, and getting the rest of the sleeping masses to pay attention is difficult.  I'm glad, though, that some letters were written based on this diary as it will soon scroll off into oblivion.  Ever vigilant.

          As an aside, I worked 16 years in primary care medicine, and I (as well as many health care workers) recognize the absurdity of allowing pharmacists to pick and choose the prescriptions they fill.  Where is the health care industry on this issue?  Where's ACOG?  Oh yeah.....

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

          by lightiris on Wed Oct 19, 2005 at 02:36:24 PM PDT

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          •  Glad you have written this diary (none)
            and since I don't have a background in the healthcare industry, it helps to have you and MOIV and others keep this active for us.

            My pen and computer emails and stamps are always available to assist in anyway I can.

            Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshall

            by bronte17 on Wed Oct 19, 2005 at 02:40:47 PM PDT

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