Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Bill Doesn't Go Far Enough???

Why in the name of good sense should there be a "pharmacist conscience law"?

You're sick. You go to your doctor. You're given a prescription. Your pharmacist refuses to fill it because it goes against his or her conscience. It's all perfectly legal in the state of Idaho. I don't know what's worse. The fact that such a bill has been proposed or the fact that it isn't needed because there is no law requiring pharmacists to dispense prescriptions in the first place! Should there be one? I think yes!

There are times I wish I were a lobbyist because I sure would lobby against this insanity! Why should any legal prescription be denied anyone? A pharmacist has no right that I know of to endanger a life by refusing to fill a prescription. He/she has no way of knowing the need nor the circumstances. The lack of a law with such a requirement apparently, here, gives him/her that right and it borders on criminal. If a person should die because of not getting said prescription would the pharmacist be guilty of murder?

If that in itself isn't bad enough, the proposed bill would extend "conscience law" to cashiers and other workers. So. Even if the pharmacist will fill the prescription but the cashier objects, you'll be barred from buying it? What kind of insanity is this?

I remember going into a doctor's office awhile back, in miserable pain with a bad back. There was a sign above the receptionist's desk that read Be Nice or Leave . I no longer see that doctor. The point that anyone who is ill does not need the additional aggravation of getting static over a perfectly legal prescription.

If your job is to dispense medicine, do it. If your conscience gets in the way change careers. How dare you endanger others! As for the cashiers, don't work in a pharmacy.

As for the law makers, how dare you to allow the uninformed to deny another his or her well being. Where is your "conscience law"?


Margie's Musings said...

I couldn't agree more! There is just more and more idiocy in this society.

Anonymous said...

I beleive I commented on this earlier. This law goes beyond insanity, it deprives people of their legal rights. It has mainly been aimed at meds that terminate a pregnancy. The rabid right to lifers jumped on it big time. But, as you say, it would enable much greater abuses. Everyone has a right to their own opinions. They do not have a right to foist their opinions or beliefs on others. I doubt that there are any Christian Science pharmacists. But think what would occur if there were. This gives new meaning to government intruding on privacy. What goes on between my doctor and myself is private. Since when do pharmacists have a medical degree that overides my physician? Note to pharmacists who support this law. If you don't like the usage of some of the meds you dispense, get another job. CU

Anonymous said...

Amen!! This country has freedom of religion. Therefore, you have every right to believe anything that seems right to you. You do NOT have the right to force me to live by your beliefs by refusing to fill my prescription, touch my package of bacon, take my seeing eye dog in your taxi, etc. If you find it so onerous, find another job. I have rights too.

Word Tosser said...

I sure wish big brother would stay out of our personal business

Linda said...

This is a very good piece. I'm going to post a link to it on my blog. I agree with everything you said.