07/08/2005: It CAN happen here:
Geneva woman denied the pill by Paul Dailing (Kane County Chronicle):
“A Geneva woman said an Osco pharmacy in St. Charles illegally refused to fill her birth control prescription.
Megan Kelly, 29, said the incident took place Wednesday at the Jewel-Osco at 652 Kirk Road. Kelly said that she was able to fill her prescription at a different pharmacy, but the issue runs beyond her situation.
"Me being a married person, it may not be as emotionally effective as someone who is young and runs into a problem," Kelly said.
Store manager Robert Leengran, representatives from the pharmacy location and Karen Ramos, pharmacy spokeswoman for Osco Drugs, declined comment.
A 150-day emergency rule filed April 1 by Gov. Rod Blagojevich requires Illinois pharmacies that sell contraceptives to fill prescriptions for birth control "without delay." The governor filed a permanent rule April 18 which, unless overturned by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, takes effect at the end of August.
"The bottom line is that if the drug is in stock ... it must be dispensed," Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation spokeswoman Susan Hofer said….”
Karen on 07.08.05 @ 08:39 AM CST