Christians Selling Drugs

by VorJack

My grandfather ran a drug store ages ago. Granddad is one of the biggest prudes I’ve ever known, but he still sold certain kinds of magazines from under the counter. He didn’t like it, but the mark up he got was so high that it seemed worth it.

Thinking of that made this article in the Washington Post seem even more amusing:

The Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy in Chantilly proudly and purposefully limited what it would stock on its shelves. But it turns out that no birth control pills, no condoms, no porn, no tobacco and even no makeup added up to one thing:

No customers.

The self-described “pro-life” pharmacy went out of business last month, less than two years after it opened to great fanfare, with a Catholic priest sprinkling holy water on the strip-mall store tucked between an Asian supermarket and a scuba shop.

No word on whether he returned for last rites.

Good one. The business suffered from nearby competition, but other stores across the country aren’t having the same problems:

A half-dozen similar pharmacies in such places as Louisiana, Florida and Indiana are faring just fine, said Karen Brauer, president of Pharmacists for Life International, a coalition of pharmacists who also have moral issues with the full array of services that their profession entails.


The other places across the country where the pharmacies are doing well are in more rural areas, where there isn’t the abundant competition that Divine Mercy Care faced, Bruchalski said.

But that’s the big problem with permitting pharmacies to dictate what they want to prescribe, Greenberger said. “What about places where women don’t have alternatives?” she asked.

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  • beyonddeities

    That’s right folks; Real Americans need to make sure women serve their purpose! (through commercial pharmaceutical companies that won’t give a fuck if she breaks her spine during childbirth!)

  • Fearglic

    That is the height of madness. I’m glad the stores were not successful.

  • Gordon

    Imagine a McDonalds with similar “conscienc” clauses allowing bigots to refuse to sell food to particular races.

    If you want a job you need to be willing to do the job. If you arent then find another business. These are people who should not be Pharmacists!

    • Alice

      Can you imagine the outrage if certain McDonalds franchise owners decided to stop selling burgers to overweight people for moral reasons, citing that they didn’t believe it was “right” to sell fat people unhealthy food?

      • Sunny Day

        The outrage would be from Corporate wondering why some dumbfuck manager is calling the food he serves unhealthy.

      • wintermute

        Or if a Hindu staff member refused to sell beef products?

  • Michael Ressler

    Clearly they didn’t pray hard enough and devoutly enough.

  • ZenMonkey

    People who go into pharmacy should have to sign a statement that they will not refuse any medication to any person with a legitimate prescription. If they can’t sign the statement for religious or other reasons, they need to pick a new field. Like homeopathy.

    • Francesc

      Homeopathic birth control pills? Don’t give them ideas!

      • beyonddeities

        Just curious, whats atheist’s beef with homeopath/naturopath/aromatherapists etc? I know they’re like modern-witches, but I feel like I’m missing something.

        • beyonddeities

          *atheists’, pardon me sir

          • dutchhobbit

            well homeopathy can easily be described with one word: water.

          • Francesc

            Usually we don’t believe in imaginary entities, like gods or water’s memory, but hey, they are exceptions and i’m pretty sure you will find some atheists who believes in it

        • Yoav

          The same beef we have with faith “healer”, They’re quacks who prey on the weak and sell them overpriced snake oil (or as pointed above, in the case of homeopaths, water). Now I have no idea what are these modern witches we suppose to like so I can’t help you with that.

        • vorjack

          The atheist movement is very closely linked to the skeptic’s movement. For example, CSICOP was founded by many of the same people who were trying to start Humanism.

          It causes some problems. Not all skeptics like to be associated w/ atheists.

          Anyway, homeopathy is one of the current targets of the skeptic’s movement due to its trendiness and its intellectual bankruptcy. Truth be told, if they were modern day witches (wiccans, neo-pagans, etc) we’d probably have less problem with them. Religious minorities tend to give each other a break.

          • ZenMonkey

            Right, my “homeopathy” comment can be reworded as such:

            “They should go into a field where no matter what they choose to provide or not provide on the basis of their religion, it won’t make any difference.”

            Homeopathy was just a convenient shorthand. ;-)

      • wintermute

        Would homeopathic birth-control be highly-diluted semen? Or diluted babies?

  • 6uldvnt

    I’m having a little bit of a problem with the comment trend going on for this post. Some seem to be railing against the pharmacists for not selling certain items in their business. It’s their business. It’s not a public enterprise funded by public money like a school or government agency, it’s a pharmacy. If you beleive that the people in rural areas aren’t being given a choice because there are no other pharmacies in the area, perhaps you haven’t looked at the internet lately. While it may be less convenient than running down to Walgreen’s, there’s now many alternatives. More to the point, while I disagree with not selling these specific items on moral grounds, the fact still remains that this is their business and they may run it as they choose. If they want to throw profit to their competitors, that’s their stupid choice.

    • wintermute

      Because, of course, “people in rural areas” are well known for having easy access to the Internet…

  • Brian

    I happen to work at Walgreens and there was a big dispute between the company and some pharmacists who refused to dispense Plan B or birth control. It actually went to court and the pharmacists won, which I think is a crock of shit. What if they didn’t believe in anti-depressants? Should they not be allowed to dispense those, too?

    I understand people having their beliefs/feelings, but find another job that pays $100,000 a year to start, if you don’t want to do your job!

  • Ty

    My sister in law died because the doctors in the Catholic hospital she was in wouldn’t perform the lifesaving hysterectomy she needed without a priests consent.

    I hope every single one of these “my religion comes before your health” ass hats dies in a fire.

    • ZenMonkey

      I’m so sorry that happened to your family. My mother was denied a very medically necessary abortion by a Catholic doctor. (She was, incidentally, married and already had me.) So this is an emotional issue for me as well, aside from my objective view that healthcare providers should not bring their religion into their practice.

    • Elemenope

      This. A person’s beliefs can *never* come before another person’s right to exist, and doctor should effing know better.