Woman claims Peoria Walgreens wouldn't fill miscarriage prescription

Woman claims Peoria Walgreens wouldn't fill miscarriage prescription

Her baby's development had stopped, and her doctor had told her the pregnancy would end in a miscarriage. Her doctor explained that she would ultimately have a miscarriage.

Nicole Arteaga said her doctor prescribed the medication after determining the fetus was not viable and she would have a miscarriage.

Confused, Arteaga thought that if she explained what was going on, the pharmacist would change his mind.

"After I walked out of Walgreens Thursday night without my prescription, I received email notification that my prescription was ready at location across town", Arteaga wrote in a now viral Facebook post.

"I am unsure where Walgreens draws the lines with their pharmacist but does this mean he denies women the right to birth control and morning after pill".

As devastating as Mone's experience is, it is not illegal for pharmacists in Arizona to deny filling a person's prescription if it conflicts with their moral or ethical beliefs. Her 7-year-old son and a group of other customers were all listening. "."I was completely shocked. I couldn't believe what was happening". "That she too had left a pharmacy with the same feelings", Arteaga said.

"It doesn't make sense and it definitely is not fair in any way", she said.

James W. Graham, senior manager of media relations for the pharmacy chain, confirmed what happened and issued a statement on behalf of Walgreens.

It said it had "reached out to the patient and apologised for how the situation was handled".

Employees are required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager to ensure the needs of the patient are met "in a timely manner".

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Gretchen Borchelt, the vice president of reproductive rights and health for the National Women's Law Center, said it's unclear how many women are affecting by such laws because few may come forward like Arteaga did. One person left the Peoria store a one-star review on Yelp, writing that "the fact that Walgreens would employ someone like this that can not put their beliefs aside for the HEALTHCARE of another human being is deplorable".

The pharmacist "had it transferred to another location", she wrote, and she was able to retrieve it from that location "with no problems". Instead, he humiliated a customer who was in a deeply vulnerable position.

"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 said.

Arteaga says that she shared her story online because she doesn't want other women to go through what she did. ".Those guidelines were broken".

Mone told WTSP that she contacted the corporate office and was told that she could pick up her prescription at another Walgreens.

The laws governing pharmacies vary from state to state.

Arizona is one of six states that have passed laws allowing pharmacists to deny filling emergency contraception drug prescriptions if it conflicts with their religious beliefs or values.

Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maine, and Tennessee have broad refusal clauses, while Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, and South Dakota all have laws specifically naming pharmacists. Although, companies like Walgreens have adopted their own policies for employees.

"You have a right to step away, but you don't have a right to step between" patients and their access to legal and medically appropriate treatment options, she added.

"It was a hard situation".

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