Religious guidance may put UK pharmacists at risk of punishment, says C + D author… but what about Aussie pharmacists?
According to the UK publication Chemist + Druggist, in 2013 the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) banned a pharmacist from providing emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) for three years because he had given a patient “a distressing explanation of why his religion regarded EHC as morally wrong”.
Now the Council is bringing in new standards – due to come into effect on May 1 – proposing that pharmacy professionals should not be able to refuse services based on their religion, personal values or beliefs.
The GPhC also suggests that referral to another pharmacist should not be an option, reports C + D. . . [Full text]