Woman denied medication to end her pregnancy by pharmacist

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 25, 2018

Mone, who said she "left Walgreens in tears, ashamed and feeling humiliated by a man who knows nothing of my struggles", said her prescription was transferred to another Walgreens across town, where she was able to pick it up without issue.

Nicole Mone had discovered at a doctor's appointment on Tuesday that her baby was not developing normally. The devastated mum wrote on Friday that two months ago she found out she was pregnant.

"The doctor gave me two options D&C (dilatation and curettage - a surgery used to treat miscarriage) or prescription medication", she wrote. When she replied that she was, he refused to sell her the medication.

An Arizona woman has said she was left "in tears and humiliated" after a staff member at USA pharmacy chain Walgreens refused to give her prescription medication to end her pregnancy - even though her doctor had said she would ultimately have a miscarriage.

"This is something I have zero control over", she posted on Facebook.

Arteaga chose to take the medication - Misoprostol - which causes a woman's uterus to contract and allows the fetus to come out. "."I was completely shocked".

Already a mom to a 7-year-old son, Arteaga, 35, was nine weeks pregnant when her doctor delivered the worst news she could hear.

Ms Mone said that did not reflect her experience, however, as the pharmacist "could have just passed me on to the lady that was standing next to him" - which she says did not happen.

But, Arteaga said the corporate statement wasn't entirely true. But meanwhile, her post has gone viral. "And, looking back at those comments, it's nice to know that people understand the situation and what I'm going through", Arteaga said. "He has no idea what it's like to want nothing more than to carry a child to full term and be unable to do so". "I can't give you this one, '" she told us.

"I went to pick up my medication at my local Walgreens only to be denied the prescription I need".

Arizona mum Nicole Mone took to Facebook to share her story.

A Walgreens pharmacist refused to fill the prescription, she said. It was 20 minutes away in Phoenix, according to BuzzFeed. According to her, Walgreens didn't reach out to her. Arteaga said she reached out to them.

"After learning what happened, we reached out to the patient and apologized for how the situation was handled", the company stated.

Walgreens said in a statement Saturday that pharmacists are allowed to step away from filling a prescription anytime they have a moral objection under company policy.

"At the same time, they are also required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager on duty to meet the patient's needs in a timely manner", they noted. "We are looking into the matter to ensure that our patients' needs are handled properly". Unfortunately, it turns out that it's legal in Arizona for pharmacists to deny filling a prescription if it goes against their religious or moral beliefs.

She said that Walgreens had not reached out to her to apologise, but that a store manager said she was sorry when Ms Mone telephoned to flag up the incident a day later.

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