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  •  I think the licensed professional thing (none)
    actually "works," in the legal, logical sense, although maybe you mean the political sense, I don't know.  

    I'm a CPA, so, like you, the state has given me a license to practise in my field.  Sure, I have the right to limit my customers or services, but here are two differences between me and a pharmacist (in addition to all the other life and death reasons this is bullshit):

    I don't sit behind a desk 24 hours a day, holding myself out as an accountant.  I don't deal with strangers off the street, who need my services immediately.  Given the amount of time generally available to consumers of accounting services, there is little or no difficulty in locating a different provider if I'm unwilling to to provide a service.

    Second, although I'm not familiar with the exact professional obligations of a pharmacist, I'm sure there has be some recognition that a pharmacist works at the direction of a physician.  Certainly they cannot overrule a physician and prescribe something the physician hasn't, so why should the reverse be tolerable?  

    No one likes armed missionaries. -- Robespierre.

    by Gator Keyfitz on Wed Oct 19, 2005 at 02:55:55 PM PDT

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