News Action on Plan B in Olympia
posted by January 15 at 13:34 PMon
Sen. Karen Keiser (D-33, Kent) unveiled a bill yesterday on the first day of the legislative session that would require pharmacies to show that they’ve filled all legal prescriptions that physicians requested for their patients in order to maintain state certification as a pharmacy.
In other words: If a pharmacy doesn’t want you to get Plan B, they don’t get to be a pharmacy.
Beginning January 1, 2009, a pharmacy owner must file with the department an annual declaration that it has complied with its duty to timely dispense all legally prescribed drugs and devices or the therapeutic equivalent in order to meet the pharmaceutical needs of its patients, unless the department has granted an exception to that pharmacy owner. If the pharmacy owner fails to file the declaration required by this section, no renewal or new license shall be issued.
I asked Sen. Kaiser’s legislative assistant if Sen. Kaiser’s bill might be a little irrelevant. After all, there’s a pending court challenge on behalf of a pharmacist’s “right of conscience” (a pharmacist’s “right” to force their values on patients basically). What if the judge rules in favor of the dissident pharmacists?
“That’s why we wrote it to regulate pharmacies,” he said.