Illinois Officials at Congressional Hearing Defend Emergency Rule Requiring Pharmacies To Fill Birth Control Prescriptions - Medical News

Thursday 28 July 2005 - 12am PSTOfficials from Illinois Gov Rod Blagojevich's (D) management on Monday throughout a legislative committee hearing in Washington, DC, shielded his emergency rule needing drug stores in the state to approve and fill prescribeds for contraceptives "immediately," the . AP/Belleville News-Democrat records (Conrad, AP/Belleville News-Democrat, 7/25). Under the rule-- which went into effect on April 1 and expires after 150 days-- a pharmacy or drugstore need to make arrangements to fill prescribeds for contraceptives in a quick way if the pharmacist on responsibility declines to fill the prescribeds for moral reasons. The rule also developed a toll-free number for state residents to state rejections, and drug stores violating the rule might lose their certificate. At the very least 3 suits have been submitted in support of Illinois pharmacologists that challenge the emergency rule (Kaiser Daily Reproductive Wellness Record, 6/13). Blagojevich elderly consultant Sheila Nix stated drug stores can make other arrangements to fill a prescription if an individual pharmacist has a diligent objection to dispensing contraceptives, but challengers of the rule say it requires pharmacologists to resist their moral or religious ideas and might result in drug stores shutting.

Illinois state lawmakers on the state Joint committee on Administrative Policy will hold a public hearing on the emergency rule on Aug. 16 (AP/Belleville News-Democrat, 7/25). Congress is thinking about legislation just like Blagojevich's emergency rule (Martinez, Cox News/Chicago Tribune, 7/26). Even more than 12 states also are thinking about legislation relating to access to contraceptives (Kaiser Daily Reproductive Wellness Record, 6/21).
NPR's " on Tuesday stated on the hearing. The section includes comments from Nix; Reps. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) and Nydia Velazquez ( ); Luke Vander Bleek, a pharmacist in Illinois that items to dispensing birth control pills on moral and religious grounds; and an Illinois lady that looked for EC when her contraceptive pill prescribed expired (Rovner, "Early morning Edition," NPR, 7/26).

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