Walgreens pharmacist denies woman miscarriage medication, citing ethical beliefs


Walgreens pharmacist denies woman miscarriage medication, citing ethical beliefs

Henrietta Brewer
June 28, 2018

Ms Mone wrote that she had suffered a previous miscarriage. "This is not how I wanted my pregnancy to go, but this is my situation". "What I have inside of me is an undeveloped baby", she remembers telling the pharmacist, to no avail. In the case of a fetus failing to develop, it is performed to prevent infection or heavy bleeding.

In a statement to the BBC, Walgreens said it was looking into the matter, and had "reached out to the patient and apologised for how the situation was handled".

Our policy allows pharmacists to step away from filling a prescription for which they have a moral objection. Should a pharmacist choose not to administer the prescription, they must return the patient's written prescription order. "I stood at his mercy explaining my situation with five other customer [s] standing behind me hearing him deny me the medication because of his ethical beliefs", Arteaga wrote in a Yelp post Thursday.

That pharmacist arranged for her to get her medication the following day at another Walgreens. "This is not how I wanted my pregnancy to go, but this is my situation". This is something I have zero control over. She could either take medicine, or have surgery to remove the fetus. "I didn't understand. He said it was his ethics", Arteaga said.

"I couldn't control the fact that my body wasn't going to support this pregnancy". You have competition. I will patronize (sic) them instead of Walgreens.

"He has no idea what its like to want nothing more than to carry a child to full term and be unable to do so". I share this story because I wish no other women have to go thru something like this at a time when you are vulnerable and already suffering.


She says she later received an email notification that her prescription was ready at another Walgreens across town.

So her doctor prescribed a medication to terminate the pregnancy.

The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy announced on Monday that they will investigate Nicole Arteaga's complaint.

"I won't patronize (sic) a drugstore that hires pharmacists who refuse to do their jobs".

"I could have just, right now, been dealing with me and my family and the loss of our baby", she said.

It has been shared more than 28,000 times and commented on more than 12,000 times since Mone first posted it on June 22.


"@Walgreens your "policy" is draconian & needs to change", Twitter user @BranchFourth wrote.

The prescription was transferred to another store, and she picked it up there after asking for her doctor's help to ensure that the drug store would give the medication to her.

That decision is raising some questions about whether or not a pharmacist is allowed to do that.

"The pharmacist now has the exclusive right to determine whether or not they want to dispense prescriptions". Arizona is one of six states that allow pharmacists to take such action, notes the Arizona Republic.

The pharmacy must then "attempt to accommodate" the employee if that accommodation can be made without "undue hardship" to the pharmacy or its customers, including a delay, financial cost or damage to the pharmacy's reputation.

"Does it have to be presented to the patient, does it have to be at the store, or does it have to be in the pharmacist's personnel file?" he asked.


Eight states - California, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, Washington and Wisconsin - have laws requiring pharmacists to provide medication to patients.

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