2005/04/04

I have a problem with this

NASHVILLE -- A bill making its way through the legislature would protect state pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control pills or any medicines they feel violate their moral principles.

"Only Communist China forces people to do things against their conscience," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Glen Casada, R-College Grove.

The Pharmacists Freedom of Conscience Act would free from liability or disciplinary measures any pharmacist who cites moral or religious objections to
dispensing anything from hay fever tablets to Viagra.


The above quote is from an article that appeared in today's Commercial Appeal. For the full story click on Bill would be a balm to pharmacist consciences.

Pharmacists, like all other health care professionals are required to take an oath. Will pharmacists actually be able to refuse lawful service if they have "moral or religious objections"? Doesn't this negate the rights of their patients? Doesn't a refusal violate the Pharmacist's Oath? It seems that way to me.



Pharmacist's Oath
At this time, I vow to devote my professional life
to the service of all humankind through the profession of pharmancy.
I will consider the welfare of humanity
and relief of human suffering my primary concerns.
I will apply my knowledge, experience and skills to the best of my ability
to assure optimal drug therapy outcomes for the patients I serve.
I will keep abreast of developments and maintain
professional competency in my profession of pharmacy.
I will maintain the highest principles
or moral, ethical and legal conduct.
I will embrace and advocate change in the
profession of pharmacy that improves patient care.
I take these vows voluntarily with full realization of the
responsibility with which I am entrusted by the public.

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