Tuesday, July 26, 2005

House Hearing on Pharmacists/Contraception

On Monday, the House Small Business Committee heard testimony on the issue of whether pharmacists should be allowed to refuse to fill certain prescriptions (such as emergency contraception) based on their personal beliefs. Testimony from the hearing is available online, as is the committee chairman's press release, in which he suggests creating lists of pharmacists who will fill these prescriptions. The press release does not address the burden this may create for rural women or women with limited means of transportation who may be unable to reach an open, compliant pharmacy within the 72 hour window during which EC is most effective, or the administrative burden of producing such lists, keeping them up to date, and distributing them adequately.
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