Pharmacist Conscience Clause


Right now in Nevada pharmacists don't have to fill a prescription like the morning after pill if they morally or religiously object to it.
While there are no confirmed reports of an incident here in the state, it has happened in other parts of the country.
And in our state if it were to occur..the patient might be left with no place to go, and nothing would happen to the pharmacist.
Larry Pinson Executive Director from the /Nevada State Board of Pharmacy says there's a problem." We need to have something n place so the patients can be taken care of."
While it appears no one would argue that point with Pinson...how to help the patient is another matter.
Pinson says to follow the lead of other states like California, Nevada's board of pharmacy may set regulations
to in essence set the ground rules when a pharmacist is presented with a prescription he or she finds objectionable.
Under the proposal, a pharmacists must let his employer know what drugs he won't dispense because of religious or moral reasons.
Its up to both the employer and pharmacist to come up with a backup plan to get the patient the medication she needs...either by getting another pharmacist on shift to fill the order...or directing the patient to a pharmacy that will deliver the medication. Pharmacists would not be allowed to disclose to the patient the reason for not filling the prescription.
In general those that have opposed these regulations are organizations or people who believe pharmacists should fill a prescription with no exceptions. Pinson says he knows of no other profession where someone is forced to perform a task he finds morally objectionable...pharmacists should not be excluded. One local pharmacist we talked to says he welcomes the new proposed regulations. Kirk Wentworth of Medcare Pharmacy in Carson City says, " I think the board should get involved and give us some guidelines too. And to protect the conscious of the pharmacist. The pharmacists should not have to you know do something that is against their conscious. That is a constitutional right."


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