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:
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.