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Survey Finds Docs Back 'morning After' Pill


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Nov 10, 2004
A majority of physicians think that pharmacists should have the authority to dispense emergency contraception, and that pharmacists should be required to fill prescriptions for contraception despite their religious objections, survey findings show.

The New Jersey-based marketing and communications research company HCD Research surveyed a nationally representative sample of 824 physicians, and found that 65 percent believe that pharmacists should have the authority to dispense emergency contraception.

A further 13 percent thought that pharmacists should have such authority if the customer were at least 18 years old.

Recently, there have been cases of pharmacists refusing to dispense 'morning after' contraception on conscientious ground. The American Pharmacists Association's policy states that druggists can refuse to fill prescriptions if they have religious objections, HCD's Glenn R. Kessler told Reuters Health. The policy also requires that they make arrangements for the patient to get their prescription filled.

Several states have proposed laws that would protect pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions. However, most of the physicians surveyed (78 percent) thought that state laws should require pharmacists to fill prescriptions so long as they are for legal drugs prescribed by doctors.

Link... http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_25574.html