A Pharmacist Refuses to Fill a Prescription for Birth Control : An Ethics Case Study

TitleA Pharmacist Refuses to Fill a Prescription for Birth Control : An Ethics Case Study
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMcLean, MR
Corporate AuthorsMarkkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University,
Date Published06/2011
PublisherMarkkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University
KeywordsMEDICINE , personal ethics , PHARMACY , PROFESSIONAL ethics
AbstractIn this case study, a student goes to get her prescription for oral contraceptives filled and the only pharmacist on duty refuses to fill it, explaining that to do so would be against his religious beliefs. Case includes commentary.
NotesMargaret R. McLean is the associate director and director of bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. She presented this paper at “The Spark of Conscience Inflames Debate: Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care,” a conference held at Santa Clara University Nov. 3, 2011.
URLhttp://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/focusareas/medical/conscientious-refusals.html
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