Oklahoma’s Abortion Ban Catches Pharmacists in the Middle

Oklahoma’s abortion ban forces changes to pharmacies across the state. CVS has released a new policy they say will help protect pharmacists from lawsuits by ensuring patients are not given medications that could potentially end a pregnancy.|MORE| Oklahoma doctors are concerned about the right to perform an abortion CVS said their pharmacists must now check with the patient’s doctor that the patient needs specific medications. “It’s common and happens quite often,” said Ryan Huddleston, incoming president of the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association. Verification will be required for two drugs, methotrexate and misoprostol. These drugs can treat things like cancer, arthritis, and stomach ulcers, but they’ve also been known to end early pregnancies. |MORE| Biden’s Executive Order Does Not Change Oklahoma’s Abortion Ban CVS sent a statement saying Oklahoma laws provide criminal penalties and pharmacists are caught in the middle. CVS said it won’t require patients to submit pregnancy tests, but pharmacists will need to validate their diagnosis with their doctor. The Oklahoma Pharmacists Association says procedures like this are normal.|MORE| Oklahoma women choose to cross state lines for abortion services “Medicines often have many different uses,” Huddleston said. “It’s very common across the spectrum of drugs for a wide variety of disease state indications that pharmacies call, in particular, the supplier to get an indication for the drug.” Health care providers will continue to work to provide the best possible care. “We’re in this together and want to provide the highest level of care for all of our patients,” Huddleston said.

Oklahoma’s abortion ban forces changes to pharmacies across the state.

CVS has released a new policy they say will help protect pharmacists from lawsuits by ensuring patients are not given medications that could end a pregnancy.

|MORE| Oklahoma doctors worry about right to perform abortion

CVS said their pharmacists must now check with the patient’s physician that the patient needs specific medications.

“It’s common and happens quite often,” said Ryan Huddleston, incoming president of the Oklahoma Pharmacists Association.

Verification will be required for two drugs, methotrexate and misoprostol.

These drugs can treat things like cancer, arthritis, and stomach ulcers, but they’ve also been known to end early pregnancies.

|MORE| Biden’s executive order does not change Oklahoma’s abortion ban

CVS sent out a statement saying Oklahoma laws provide for criminal penalties and that pharmacists are caught in the middle.

CVS said it won’t require patients to submit pregnancy tests, but pharmacists will need to validate their diagnosis with their doctor.

The Oklahoma Pharmacists Association said such procedures are normal.

|MORE| Oklahoma women choose to cross state lines for abortion services

“Drugs often have many different uses,” Huddleston said. “It’s very common across the spectrum of medications for a wide variety of disease state indications for pharmacies to call, specifically, the supplier to get an indication for the drug.”

Health care providers will continue to work to provide the best care possible.

“We’re in this together and want to provide the highest level of care for all of our patients,” Huddleston said.

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