Sunday, January 29, 2006

Is Pharmacology Still A Science-Based Profession?

After reading this statement from a Spanish government defense spokesman

"Army officers can think whatever way they want, just like judges, doctors or farmers," he said. "What matters is that they don't let it interfere with their professional duties."

I couldn't help but think of certain Illinois pharmacists.

And on a technical note, would it have been so hard for the reporter who wrote the Walgreen pharmacists story to put up a link to the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act? I assume she must have read it, since it's a central part of her story. [I did try to find the Act's text, but was unable to.]

Of course, it's quite possible my assumption is incorrect. I mean, the reporter didn't bother to read up on the other essential part of the story, the mechanism of action of emergency contraception (EC). Contrary to the beliefs of EC's opponents, the type of EC under discussion [Plan B] doesn't work by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. It works by preventing ovulation.

Update: Thanks to reader PJH, we have the link to the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act.

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At 3:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pity the writers of Boston Legal didn't bother to read up either! I was waiting for the lawyer to zing the recalcitrant doctor with the punch line about preventing ovulation AND

nothing. She sat down.



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