Eventually, the research team says, 3-D printing could allow pharmacies to fill prescriptions
for patients on demand and even let patients print their own medicine from home.
In your article "Faith-Based Pharmacies?: Religious Right Backs Prescription Exemptions" (May Church & State), you point out that some pharmacists are refusing to fill prescriptions
for contraceptives or the "morning after" pill.
Retail pharmacy advocates had urged the deletion of a rule requiring pharmacies to get patients' written authorization before they fill prescriptions
Totonis also pointed out that e-prescribing allows pharmacy staff to fill prescriptions
earlier and during nonpeak hours, thus freeing them up to focus more of their time on patient interaction when customers come in to pick up their prescriptions.
Around the time of the conference, a number of newspapers ran stories about pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions
for birth control and "morning after" pills because they view such drugs as immoral.
The outlets will only fill prescriptions
from 9 a.m.
Also, prescriptions sent directly to pharmacies or mail-order systems were more likely to be filled than e-scripts that doctors printed and gave to patients, and patients living in higher-income areas were more likely to fill prescriptions
for new medications.
An Ohio-based group, dubbed Pharmacists for Life International (PFLI), also advocates refusing to fill prescriptions
for people whose lifestyles offend fundamentalist religious proclivities.
Ninety-one percent of the respondents to a recent survey conducted by Ortho Biotech reported using a retail store to fill prescriptions
in the past 12 months.
"We felt it was important for customers to be able to fill prescriptions
when they came to our site, but we did not believe that we needed to operate it ourselves.
In early November, USA Today reported that several states are moving to permit pharmacists who cite moral qualms about certain drugs or medical procedures to refuse to fill prescriptions
The company has made a full-scale move into the specialty pharmacy arena, it has become a provider of on-site pharmacy services for several employers across the country, and it has begun to revolutionize the that way its stores fill prescriptions
While it can fill prescriptions
, MSI can also help people with other health care needs and deliver counseling and other nondispensing services "in a way that most other drug stores can't," Burnside explained.
Franchisees don't need to be told how to fill prescriptions
, he says.
"We want to fill prescriptions
; Bartell Drugs is here to serve our customers--to fill their prescriptions and meet their health care needs--and we feel we do a good job offering outstanding patient care," Bartell says.