Woman claims Peoria Walgreens wouldn't fill miscarriage prescription

Woman claims Peoria Walgreens wouldn't fill miscarriage prescription

Most people were deeply outraged by what Arteaga went through.

Arteaga found out she was pregnant about two months ago and was being monitored weekly because of a prior miscarriage. There was no heartbeat.

An Arizona woman says a Walgreens pharmacist denied her prescription miscarriage medication over his ethical beliefs. But she says that when she went to pick up the pills, the pharmacist refused to give them to her, citing his own ethical reasons.

"I completely lost it and was in tears".

She chose the latter but when she travelled to her local Walgreens in Peoria, 12 miles (20km) outside Phoenix, to have the prescription filled, the pharmacist refused to supply her with the medication.

She said the law steps into the relationship between a woman and her provider - a woman could become ill by not properly dealing with a miscarriage. But doctors last week said her baby had stopped developing and she would ultimately miscarry, so the pregnancy needed to be terminated which could be done through prescription medication.

She said her young son was left "trying to figure out what's going on, watching me get upset and trying to figure out why".

An already hard reality soon took another complicated turn when the pharmacist refused to fill the order from her doctor. The manager said she would look into it but never got back to her, Arteaga said.

In Arizona, it is still legal for a pharmacist to refuse to fill prescriptions based on religious or moral beliefs. "That's not the way my body is working and it felt like I was being somewhat punished like I'm not going to give you this medicine even though you need it for your body". "I tried to explain to him".

She said the embarrassment added to the emotions she is experiencing after losing a child.

But, Arteaga said the corporate statement wasn't entirely true.


Arteaga described her miscarriage as an emotional roller coaster and said the pharmacist had "no idea what it's like to want nothing more than to carry a child to full term and be unable to do so".

"He wasn't compassionate about it", J.R. Arteaga said.

The pharmacist "had it transferred to another location", she wrote, and she was able to retrieve it from that location "with no problems". Should a pharmacist choose not to administer the prescription, they must return the patient's written prescription order.

The store defended itself on Twitter, saying that pharmacists can "step away" from filling a prescription if they have a "moral objection".

"After learning what happened, we reached out to the patient and apologized for how the situation was handled", Walgreens said.

Meanwhile the Facebook page of the Peoria Ave branch of Walgreens where Mr Hreniuc works has been inundated with messages from disgusted customers who said they would be taking their business elsewhere in light of what happened to Ms Mone Arteaga.

The manager did not offer an apology at the time, she said. "The law says medical professionals like pharmacists must state their objection in writing".

But, according to the National Women's Law Center, the pharmacist was within his rights.

Under state law, Arizona pharmacies must require employees to notify them of drugs they would decline to fill because of "sincerely held religious beliefs".

In some USA states, it's actually legal for pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions.

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