OLYMPIA – Washington’s Board of Pharmacy has voted to go ahead with changing a rule that prohibits pharmacies from refusing to dispense all legal drugs, including the morning-after contraceptive “Plan B.”
The News Tribune reports that the board voted 3-2 on Thursday to have its staff help gather information to draft a rule change that would allow pharmacists to refer patients to someone else for “time-sensitive” medication, including Plan B and hundreds of other drugs.
Public comments have been overwhelmingly against changing the rule set in 2007. But pharmacists who are morally against the Plan B drug have sued the state. Board member Dan Connolly says the state can’t afford to be involved in a lengthy lawsuit.