CVS Refused to Sell Man a Morning-After Pregnancy Pill

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No Plan B for you, dude.
If you keep a Plan B morning-after pill around for emergencies, sometimes it's going to get used, which means you're going to have to go get a new one, right?

And if you're a chivalrous dude, you'll offer to do the chore yourself.

That's what Isaac Kurtz set out to do, and so he went to the downtown CVS on Main Street and asked the pharmacist for a Plan B pill and a pregnancy test.

No way, the pharmacist said.

"She tells me she needs to speak with the woman," Kurtz says. "I'm taken aback by this and ask her what she needs to talk to her about, I bought them here before without issue. She then tells me she won't sell it to men."

Kurtz says the pharmacist told him that it was her "personal belief," and not CVS policy, that led to her refusal to sell the item to him.

We asked CVS about all this, and they said mistakes were made.

"We apologize for the isolated incident in our Houston pharmacy in which a male customer was unable to purchase this item," CVS spokesman Michael DeAngelis said. "We are following up the pharmacy staff to ensure that our policies are properly followed to prevent a recurrence of this incident."

Here's his description of the company's policy:

CVS/pharmacy's policy is to follow FDA regulations for the sale of emergency contraception and it is our pharmacists' responsibility to ensure that all customer needs are promptly and completely satisfied. As such, there is no company policy that prevents the sale of emergency contraception to a male customer. Under federal law and some state laws, we must also accommodate a religious conviction that may prevent a pharmacist from dispensing a medication, provided that other arrangements can be made in advance to ensure the customer's medication needs can be satisfied.

So be a man and go get your woman her damn pills, dudes. CVS won't stop you.



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44 comments
marco770
marco770

As a RPh, there is a reasonable explanaton.  Law requires that the female must be at least 17 years old.  We cannot determine the age of the female without some sort of proof. The 'word' of the guy cannot excuse us from making an error in dispensing the med to a minor. 

Tumbler_the_Government_Man
Tumbler_the_Government_Man

The only issue I can honestly say I have is the guy getting this clinical device in a pill. It should be female exclusive. It is not on par with going to get personal hygiene products for a significant other. When it starts being treated as such, we have swung down to grab a lower rung on the human scale.

guest1
guest1

This is not an isolated incident. This happened to my boyfriend at a CVS in Montrose last month. 

The Cynical Pharmacist
The Cynical Pharmacist

I wonder if she refuses to sell condoms to women without speaking with the man first?

Ohrilly
Ohrilly

Were you refilling a Schedule II medication?

Jalapeno
Jalapeno

This week a pharmacist refused to sell me more Claritin D for my wretched allergy ridden household because some meth head is cooking in a lab somewhere.  That's what pisses me off.  I could care less about this guy or his woman's complete lack of forethought.

Tyrone Smith
Tyrone Smith

That pharmacist has a personal belief against doing her job? She needs to find a new line of work. She should be fired.

Guest
Guest

I do believe the women who wanted the pill should have gone to purchase them herself.  I would have questioned why he wanted them too.  He could have been a crazy or something.  I think that by allowing men to buy the pills - you may have that once in a million idiot trying to make the woman take the pill when she really didn't want to.  How do you know he was slipping it into her drink when she wasn't aware to prevent her from having a child.  You never know what his intentions were.  Yes, not all men would think like that but to be safe.....  Somethings you should do on your own ladies.  You could make him pay for it but go get it yourself.......

FormerCVSPharmacist
FormerCVSPharmacist

To be fair, pharmacists DO reserve the right to refuse if it's against their personal or religious beliefs. However, if that's the case, they should offer another route to dispense it if they refuse (ie. refer them to another pharmacy/pharmacist that will allow the sale, etc.) I've got some friends who won't dispense Plan B, but they'll always refer the patient to a nearby store...it might cause a bit of inconvenience for the patient, but that way everyone's beliefs remain intact, and the patient gets what they need.

Jevindd
Jevindd

We need to know the name of this pharmacist.

Jess
Jess

This happened to me too several years ago. Only I am a women. His approximate words were "You should have took precaution BEFORE it happened" or something like that. It was really inappropriate especially considering my circumstances. It wasn't like I was sleeping around. He knew nothing about me. (And I'm in OHIO BTW)

Hbeard85
Hbeard85

I'm confused as to why he was buying the pill AND a pregnancy test. The only thing I can think of is that he was buying the test to use weeks later. If that's the case, he must not have much faith in the pill-that-caused-a-ruckus.

Tmac2435
Tmac2435

Another pharmacist acting as a social worker. Most wanted to be Dr's anyway and couldn't cut it.

arbitrary_one
arbitrary_one

She needs to lose her license, in my opinion.  She is there to do her job, not prescribe dogma to customers.

Huey
Huey

Sounds like a firing to be had. I can't fathom how people refuse or disrupt service in any retail industry by bringing their "personal beliefs" into a situation. If you have a legitimate issue, you bring it up with your company to determine if action should be taken, not instill them on everyone else.

IkoIhIL
IkoIhIL

I've had issues with the pharmacist at this CVS before, to the point where my doctor had to call and reprimand her for arbitrarily withholding medication.

SLGG
SLGG

@The Cynical Pharmacist  Difference being that one cannot slip a condom on a male without his knowledge, whereas a pill can be slipped into a drink or food. 

macaronidream
macaronidream

The federal government has put a limit on how much pseudoephedrine you can buy. The pharmacist was just following the law.

Allison
Allison

This is ridiculous. Is it posible a man can use the morning after pill for nefarious purposes? Absolutely. I can also go and spike a young kids drink with Tylenol. Or as someone pointed out in my twitter feed yesterday, some rapists also buy condoms. Should we outlaw or strongly restrict Tylenol and condoms as well?

A trans man could also need the morning after pill for himself. Who do you suppose he should get to buy it for him?

Scarlettmr
Scarlettmr

I am so sick of hearing about people who refuse to do their job because of their personal beliefs. I am a paralegal and also anti-rape and anti-murder. That does not mean I refuse to do any work on behalf of our clients charged with rape and murder, even the clients who have previous convictions for both. That is because I willingly chose to have a job at a place where people accused of crimes are defended. If you do not want to do a job, do not go into that field.

TTTWLAM
TTTWLAM

I don't think the issue has ever been more elegantly presented than by poster "Locustmotive" from the POE board (http://www.poe-news.com/forums....  Their words are below. -- I am a Japanese-American and I come from a long line of forge-men. My great-grandfather shoed horses and made nails. My grandfather owned a small ironworks and my father inherited it when grandfather died. Like most Japanese, we keep a household shrine and because of the family business, we pay special homage to Kagu-Tsuchi, the god of forge and fire. Some people--my sister included--think the practice is silly and superstitious, but it means a lot to the rest of us. A foundry is a dangerous place to work and Kagu-Tsuchi watches out for father. He watches out for me too, though I don't work with iron. Kagu-Tsuchi led me down a different path. I’m a firefighter.I love my job. It's very fulfilling. Just last month, I helped evacuate a warehouse after a big tank of chlorine gas ruptured. Chlorine exposure is nasty and often fatal, but I'm trained to deal with it. My crew pulled three people out of that warehouse, people who otherwise would have died, and we did it quickly and professionally. Yet despite the risks I’ve taken and the lives I’ve saved, the department fired me today because of one minor incident involving my faith. You see, I’m a diligent firefighter, but there is one duty Kagu-Tsuchi won’t allow me to perform: namely, fighting fires. Kagu-Tsuchi, protector of my ancestors, is the Lord of all fires, even those that start “accidentally.” If he wanted a tenement on 45th to burn, who am I to second guess the being that bestowed the gift of light on mankind? Yes, people died and yes, some kids are badly burned, but it's all Kagu-Tsuchi’s will. I performed what first aid I could after the fact, but turning a hose on those flames would have violated my deepest-held beliefs. Beliefs that are protected by law in this country.It’s like these poor pharmacists. They are only following orders from on high when they refuse to dispense abortion pills. Their Bible says “Thou shall not kill” just like Kagu-Tsuchi tells me not to interfere with his beautiful creations. It’s just not a big deal. I mean, someone will fill those women’s prescriptions. If not, then we can only assume the Christian God wants them pregnant, right?Naturally, I’ve filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the City of New York and fully expect to win. I don’t want money; I just want my job back. I want to save people’s lives again.Unless they’re on fire.

Pedantic Douchebag
Pedantic Douchebag

By that logic, a cashier can refuse to sell you meat because they're a vegan. If a person takes a job that may require them to sell merchandise they don't morally or ethically agree with, they have chosen the wrong profession.

Khalil McMillan
Khalil McMillan

I beg to differ.  We know where she works.  That should suffice.

FormerCVSPharmacist
FormerCVSPharmacist

Some people like to keep a Plan B on hand just in case something happens in the future so it'll be readily available.

Allison
Allison

Not necessarily a lack of faith, more like practical. Either he or the woman probably figured that if the pill didn't work and she ended up pregnant, she should know that sooner rather than later.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Maybe they waited too long for the pill to be effective.

nupharm
nupharm

Wow, there are plenty of pharmacists that do much more than a retail pharmacist does. It's not about "not making it in medical school" it's about being more interested in pharmacological therapies rather than diagnosis. Also, you don't even apply to pharmacy school at the same time as you would medical school. This is just an insult to pharmacists (and those that are studying to be pharmacists)that work in the hospital as a part of a medical team, ensuring optimal care for hospitalized patients.

FormerCVSPharmacist
FormerCVSPharmacist

I DIDN'T want to be a doctor, and went straight for the pharmacist route because *surprise*! I actually wanted to help people with their medications. I worked at CVS for 2 years before I left because I got tired of corporate offices pressuring me to treat my patients like profit-turners instead of actual PATIENTS with medical needs. I still miss seeing my regulars, but now I'm at place where I can actually use my knowledge instead of using my degree to tell people what the sales prices on candy are. And for the record, I sold Plan B regardless of gender, as long as they had a valid ID showing they were 17 and up. :)

What?
What?

Social worker??? Know ur facts, bud. Social workers would not withhold the meds, but feminists might . . . And rightfully so.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Aw, don't slag on all pharmacists. This idiot deserves t be fired, sure, but most are perfectly chill, at least in my experience. It really depends on where you are.

Jess
Jess

Bet you any money its some super religious freak

Wyatt
Wyatt

Holy shit, thanks for the dose of logic. Guest has not thought this through. I mean, I could probably choke people with tampons, but should I not be allowed to buy them? God damn, people can be thick.

ghostwriter33156
ghostwriter33156

if fighting fires is against your religious beliefs..why the fuck become a firefighter? by definition you took a job knowing you would be required to perform this function. and now you want to sue? of course. legislating stupidity is what this boils down to.  same with the pharmacists..they know going in that dispensing this pill will be part of their job. so just do your fucking job or change professions. stupid stupid stupid.

Char
Char

I would just like to say that I AM a vegan and I agree with you.  These conscience clauses are ridiculous.  

Wyatt
Wyatt

We can use bold? Time to get even more insightful

John Wuethrich
John Wuethrich

rightfully so? u mean the same feminists that also get pissed over practices that discriminate on the bases of sex? ah... the catch 22. 

actually its avoided if you are a true feminist because the feminists define sexism as discrimination against women (i'm not even joking)don't get me wrong i believe in equality... just not a movement that thinks it can achieve equality by skewing the laws for one side. its the same reason i have issues with mens rights groups. 

where r the human rights groups not influenced by feminist rule? 

John Wuethrich
John Wuethrich

all pharmacists are chill if they are handing you marinol

Christine
Christine

My impression was that the pharmacist was exposed to the human trafficking awareness campaign in Houston and that she realized the manner in which men might use the drug in order to rape and/or sell women.  

TTTWLAM
TTTWLAM

To quote Homer Simpson, "The ironing is delicious."

furioso ateo
furioso ateo

Wow, dude, the sarcasm of the previous post just flew riiiiiight over your head, huh?

H_e_x
H_e_x

Feminism stands against all sexism. Heteronormative practices also hurt men too. Don't be afraid of women not willing to take shit.

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