February 1, 2015
An amendment to Senate bill 163 would take away a pharmacist's current privilege to refuse a prescription based on moral grounds.
Senator Maggie Carton sponsored the bill and supports the amendment.
She says a patient's relationship with your doctor should be better protected and not over-ruled, without question, by a pharmacist.
The amendment requires the pharmacist to talk with the doctor as soon as possible, if they're concerned about the prescription.
"Right now a pharmacist could refuse to fill that prescription and I would have to go find someone else to fill it. And, I don't believe that that's actually within their purvue to say, no, you can't have this. That's between my doctor and myself."
But, while a pharmacist could not deny a prescription under the bill, they would not be required to carry specific drugs either.