Saturday, April 02, 2005

Viagra For All

So now we have legislation in Illinois to force pharmacists to fill prescriptions. For everything. Even - GASP - birth control pills. The American Pharmacists Association, however, is outraged that pharmacists be compelled to fill all prescriptions. They believe pharmacists should have the option to "step away" in cases where they feel uncomfortable about giving a certain drug.

Their inevitable slippery slope argument? Here it is: "Ms. Winckler [representative of the APA] worried that Governor Blagojevich's new rule might reach beyond the question of a pharmacist's own moral sensibilities, and require pharmacists to dispense all prescriptions, even those that were 'clinically inappropriate' for patients." Yes, that's certainly around the corner. Viagra for everyone! Children too! Every day! Two pills a day for pregnant women! Dispense or die, pharmacists!

It's very hard for me to imagine feeling uncomfortable about meeting the needs of women trying to lead responsible sex lives.

8 Comments:

Blogger Ilan Muskat said...

I don't trust doctors. Progressive-minded liberals all of them. "Diagnosing" and "making decisions" and "taking things into account".

Pharmacists, on the other hand, may the Baby Jesus bless all of them, with their high moral standards of dispensing products to people.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Ilan Muskat said...

And in case you didn't know, I was being sarcastic.

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, you know I think these pharmacists really have a great point: in order to promote a "culture of life", lets deny women birth control, increase the number of unwanted pregnancies and, thereby, the number of abortions. But I forgot: teaching abstinence instead of real sex-ed will take care of that whole sex thing altogether.
This seems to me to be a clear case of ideology running roughshod over commonsense - and this coming from a philosophy student.
D.

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