An Open Letter to Kroger Pharmacy Management
Dear Kroger Management:
Thanks to the management of the Rome, GA Kroger store for permitting the pharmacists clinical discretion to not carry Plan B, the morning after pill. Though there is expected to be pressure from planned parenthood employees and supporters to carry this drug in all locations, it is readily observable that most people wish not to obtain treatment for STDs and methods to end unplanned pregnancies from usual community pharmacies. Clinic settings have been more often preferred for these types of treatments. Stocking the morning after pill, and providing adequate information to the patient are a
significant burden to community pharmacies in most locations.
The privacy to adequately counsel about these drugs is not usually available. Kroger pharmacists, and prospective new employees would appreciate retaining the discretion to choose whether or not to dispense Plan B, due to its attendant clinical, social and ethical difficulties. There is a significant portion of the U.S. population which continues
appreciate the availability of pharmacists who share their ethical concerns.
Kroger could choose to be the company which employs pharmacists who are permitted to make independent clinical decisions for the welfare of their patients, or it can be like the other big
corporations with pharmacy chains.
A side note: When I began in community pharmacy, I was permitted to refuse to dispense unhealthy diet pill combinations to patients. (Some of these are now completely off the market.) Unfortunately the current, publicly stated, Kroger pharmacy policy indicates that my decision to move into hospital pharmacy was wise, and that it will be permanent. Karen L. Brauer MS, RPh Indiana