Monday, March 28, 2005

I really don't like where this issue is going

Pharmacists’ rights at front of new debate - This mostly has to do with women's reproductive issues. I don't like it. Ultimately I don't feel that a pharmacist should have the right to refuse me medication that a doctor has legally prescribed. Read it for yourself and decide.

On a more humorous note, my mom got a bad haircut from WalMart the other day. I've had them from WalMart before without problems. But the funny thing was that she also got an oil change and bought a ham at the same time. Anywhere you can get a ham, a haircut, and an oil change all at once, you can't be surprised if one of them doesn't work out.

A commercial for a luxury import car dealer has the line "For the discriminating car buyer..." We saw the commercial last night and I said, "Discriminating car buyer?" To which Matt replied (in a ghetto voice), "They only want the white cars!"

And now, I get to go home. Woot!

But first, a brief update. This is disgusting: Burger King Expands its Breakfast Menu - and your waistline. It's a 730 calorie breakfast sandwich, with 47 grams of fat. The head of marketing is quoted as saying "By expanding our indulgent breakfast sandwich menu, Burger King restaurants now offer even more alternatives for our guests who want a convenient and filling breakfast." And by indulgent, they mean gluttony. And by guests who want a convenient and filling breakfast, they mean obese. Good grief.


Wallaby said...

So... it's a Bad Thing for BK to sell people what they're asking for, when BK knows full well that using that product (i.e., eating the unhealthy sandwich) may be bad for the customer.

But it'd be a Bad Thing for a pharmacist to not sell people what they're asking for, when the pharmacist honestly believes that using that product (i.e., taking that pill) may be bad for the customer.

What if the pharmacist realizes that the prescribed medication is known to combine poorly with something else the customer/patient is already taking? Is he "within his rights" (or hers) to refuse to sell it, or at least delay to check with the doctor? Or should she (or he) just shut up and hand over the pills?

Courtney said...

The pharmacist doesn't believe that it is physically bad for the consumer. They believe it is *morally* bad for the consumer. Of course if there are drug interactions that the doctor didn't know about, it is the pharmacist's job to tell the patient about that. But it is not the pharmacist's job to decide whether or not a patient gets medication based on their moral beliefs. Would it be okay for a pharmacist not to fill HIV medications for a gay patient? Or not to fill insulin injections for a satanist? The pharmacist is not allowed to make that call.