Kroger, a national grocery chain based in Cincinnati, has reiterated their policy that all their pharmacies must make EC available after allegations reached a critical pitch that a pharmacist employed by Kroger in Georgia had refused to fill Carrie Baker’s prescription the past December because of the pharmacists personal beliefs.
Kroger Co. said Friday it was reiterating its drug policies to all of its pharmacists after a Georgia woman claimed she was denied the so-called “morning after” pill at one of the company’s stores.
The Cincinnati-based grocery chain said if its pharmacists object to fulfilling a request, the store must “make accommodations to have that prescription filled for our customer.”
“We believe that medication is a private patient matter,” said Meghan Glynn, a Kroger spokeswoman. “Our role as a pharmacy operator is to furnish medication in accordance with the doctor’s prescription or as requested by a patient.”
Kudos to Ms. Glynn and the other Kroger executives for realizing that a pharmacist’s job is to fill prescriptions in accordance with the law not in accordance with their personal beliefs.