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Statement from Governor Gregoire on Federal Judge Suspending Pharmacy Board Rule

For Immediate Release: November 14, 2007

Governor Chris Gregoire today reaffirmed her support of the state’s rule requiring pharmacists to dispense medicines prescribed by a physician.

“I am very disappointed in the federal court’s decision suspending the state requirement that pharmacies dispense prescriptions that are written by a doctor,” said Governor Gregoire. “This is about private medical decisions between patients and their physicians and pharmacies filling doctor prescribed medications.

“While this court decision weakens protections for victims of sexual assault, and interferes with a women’s right to choose, it also allows any patient to be denied their medication for no apparent reason.

“Third parties should not come between doctors and patients in medical decisions. This is about the right of personal privacy and medical access.”