Druggists Must Fill Prescriptions

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Board of Pharmacy in Washington state says drug stores have a duty to fill lawful prescriptions even if an individual pharmacist objects, such as in the case of "morning-after" birth control.

Pharmacists or drug stores that violate the rules could face discipline including loss of their license.

Under the new rule, pharmacists with personal objections to a drug could have a co-worker fill an order. But that would only apply if the patient could get the prescription in the same pharmacy visit.

Opponents predict a court challenge.

The morning-after birth-control pill, sold over-the-counter as Plan B, is a high dose of the drug found in many regular birth-control pills. But some people consider the pill related to abortion.


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