Policy ForumPUBLIC HEALTH

Conscientious Objection and the Pharmacist

Science  10 Jun 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5728, pp. 1558-1559
DOI: 10.1126/science.1114371

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Summary

The recent deluge of media attention about conscientious objection and the role of the pharmacist in helping patients obtain medications that some consider morally objectionable (e.g., the "morning-after pill") presents an opportunity to find common ground in what has become a highly charged public debate. The author of this Policy Forum advises that pharmacists must balance their right to conscientious objection with respecting the patient's right to access FDA-approved therapies. The issue is how to balance these divergent but important needs while simultaneously honoring the humanity of both patients and pharmacists