Pharmacists' Right of Conscientious Objection

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) believes that pharmacists’ right of conscientious objection should be reasonably accommodated, but to safeguard the patient-physician relationship, governmental policies must be in place to protect patients' rights to obtain legally prescribed and medically indicated treatments in a timely manner. Thus, the pharmacist's refusal to fill a prescription must be discussed with the physician (or his/her representative) and the patient, and the prescription must be returned to its source. (2005) (2013 COD)