United States of Hypocrisy

with Greg Tyzzer

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Refusing to Fill Prescriptions

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Let me start by saying that I am not savvy whether there are laws about this. Let me also say that I am not sure how often the following scenario happens.

You are a sixteen-year-old girl. You go to your doctor who prescribes you birth control pills. When you hand the prescription to the pharmacist, he refused to fill the prescription. He says, “You’re too young to be having sex. It’s morally wrong to fill this prescription because that would be encouraging you to have sex.” No matter how much you plead with the pharmacist, he refuses to fill your prescription. You call your doctor and let her talk to the pharmacist. The pharmacist still refuses to fill your prescription.

What should be done in a situation like this? What if you were prescribed birth control as a way to help regulate your period (I have several friends who use it for just that)? Is this any of the pharmacist’s business, or should he just do his job?

I believe that it is a pharmacist’s duty to fill any and all valid prescriptions–no questions asked. When you are doing a job, you have to set your morals aside, especially when the actions in question are essentially harmless. It is none of the pharmacist’s business why birth control was prescribed. All he needs to know is the brand and the dosage.

Leave a comment telling me your thoughts.

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Written by Greg

March 10, 2011 at 12:00 am

The American Way of Life

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Take a look at your grocery list. What kinds of foods do you have listed? Do you have things such as whole grain breads, fresh fruits and vegetables, and (if you’re not vegetarian) lean cuts of meat? If you live in the United States, chances are you don’t. In America, sugary, processed foods are much more affordable than their all-natural counterparts.

While I was shopping at my local supermarket, I thought I would take a look at how much of a difference there was between the foods I was buying and the foods I wanted to buy. What I discovered shocked me. A standard box of Fruit Loops (which would last about two weeks at my house) cost about $3; a 3-pound bag of apples (which would last about four days at my house) cost about $4. Think about that for a minute. I can be fed for two weeks by spending $3 or, I can eat a healthy alternative for the same amount of time and spend five times as much. Which is the logical choice for a struggling family?

And we wonder why America is getting fat.

Leave a comment below suggesting a plan of action that we as Americans can take to fix this health crisis.

Written by Greg

March 6, 2011 at 3:07 am