November 5, 2010 in City

State to change rules on dispensing Plan B

Associated Press
 

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.

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