Until reading the comments section of this post on pharmacists refusing to fill perscriptions for moral reasons yesterday, I had no idea that the American pharmacy was the last bastion of Big-L Libertarian Utopia. If you read the comments, and suspended everything you know, you would think the follownig:
Pharmacies can sell whatever they want, whenever they want.
Pharmacists have the right to refuse to fill a prescription for any reason, and some pills are more offensive than others.
In a pharmacy, a ten year old can buy a pack of cigarettes, order an abortion, peruse porno mags, and sip on a .40. You can even sell beer on Sunday, even if they don’t have photo id. The heavy hand of government regulation stops at the doorstep of a pharmacy, you know.
Anyone can be a pharmacist- you don’t need to be trained or licensed or anything. You aren’t dispensing dangerous drugs with possible interactions or health issues- you are just engaging in commerce, ‘selling’ things. Strictly business decisions, here.
Contrary to popular belief, pharmacies are not required to pay taxes, they do not have to adhere to local zoning and constructions standards, they are exempt from the ADA. Their toilets can even use 20 gallons of water per flush, and employees don’t have to wash their hands. Stupid sanitary health standards- damn government meddlers.
In other words, it is just a libertarian free-for-all in your local pharmacy- and hey, if you can’t get what you need at this pharmacy, you just go next door to the other pharmacy, because everyone in the country lives in a town with multiple pharmacies. You know- ‘market solutions’ and all.
So the next time you need a pill to cure something, and the only place to get this heavily regulated drug is in the safety zone of a pharmacy, just remember that they don’t have to sell it to you. You might be black. Or gay. Or a single mother. Or a former drug user. Or an immigrant. Or Catholic. Or Jewish. Or maybe you have tattoos. Or listen to heavy metal. Or, sin of sins in the market driven society- you might be poor.
The last thing we want to do, though, is require that pharmacists fill prescriptions written as a result of a private contractual matter between a licensed physcian and his/her patient. We can’t rquire that they fill those prescriptions or demand that the patient to a provider that will.
Why, if we do that and involve the heavy-hand of government, we will go and crush the last stronghold of Libertarin Utopian ideals in our society. We couldn’t allow that to happen.
You just have to have principles, you know.