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Gingersnap
10-23-2008, 10:41 AM
Full house greets 'faith-based' pharmacy
Bishop blesses pro-life Chantilly drugstore

Julia Duin (Contact)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Buzz up!Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy, one of fewer than a dozen pharmacies in the country that refuse to stock any kind of birth control, cigarettes, pornography or condoms, opened with a Catholic bishop's blessing and sprinklings of holy water Tuesday in Chantilly.

About 100 people, half of them children, crammed into the DMC Pharmacy in Sully Place Shopping Center to hear Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde preach about "transforming hearts through health care" amid boxes and bottles of Clearasil, Neutrogena and St. Ives Apricot Scrub.

"The most fundamental illness in our contemporary society is a pervasive disrespect for the intrinsic worth and dignity of every human person, whose life begins at conception," the bishop said.

Applauding the pharmacy for providing "a faith-based, family-friendly, pro-life environment," he called the opening of the DMC Pharmacy "a historic moment."

The store, just off Route 50 in one of Northern Virginia's busiest corridors, refuses to dispense birth control on the grounds that it destroys a developing life and that the hormones in birth-control pills are dangerous to a woman's health. Catholic doctrine forbids the use of artificial birth control.

There is no sign in the window that says contraceptives are not available inside. DMC officials say there are at least two pharmacies within walking distance that provide them.

"If we sell Coke products, we don't advertise that we don't sell Pepsi," said Robert E. Laird, executive director of Divine Mercy Care, the Fairfax nonprofit that owns and operates the pharmacy.

The DMC has a crucifix on one wall, booklets on natural family planning and a painting of Jesus with a flaming heart on His chest. The DMC logo has a sacred-heart motif, with a heart superimposed over a cross with rays coming forth.

Interesting. I don't normally shop in drug stores much but I'd make a point of buying shampoo or something at this type of store, if one opened near to me. Good for them!

Washington times (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/oct/22/full-house-greets-opening-of-faith-based-pharmacy/)

LogansPapa
10-23-2008, 10:46 AM
More power to them. :)

wilbur
10-23-2008, 11:18 AM
Richard P. Sloan, professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, said the DMC Pharmacy should at least refer people to stores that dispense birth control.

Not doing so "appears to violate any number of professional codes of ethics of the American Pharmacists Association," he said. "The central element is that the pharmacy must place the well-being of the patient over the pharmacist's personal well-being."


Hopefully they at least provide this much of a service, but the article didn't really mention it.

FlaGator
10-23-2008, 11:26 AM
Not doing so "appears to violate any number of professional codes of ethics of the American Pharmacists Association," he said. "The central element is that the pharmacy must place the well-being of the patient over the pharmacist's personal well-being."

From the pharmacist's point of view he is providing for the patient's well being.

wilbur
10-23-2008, 11:30 AM
From the pharmacist's point of view he is providing for the patient's well being.

Granting for a second that 'rights/life begin at conception', there are two patients involved, actually... one is getting the short end of the stick, based on the pharmacists personal bias (the conscious one).

But that's still only in the case of something like the morning after pill. What about someone just looking for the pill or some other birth control advice? Will they refer them? They should.

jediab
10-23-2008, 11:33 AM
Hopefully they at least provide this much of a service, but the article didn't really mention it.

That's the beauty of the free market. If this place doesnt provide the services it's customers need, then it will fail.

But since I like small busniess, I hope that it does well.

linda22003
10-23-2008, 11:44 AM
But that's still only in the case of something like the morning after pill. What about someone just looking for the pill or some other birth control advice? Will they refer them? They should.

Presumably this place makes its policies clear before you get to the "handing in the prescription at the window" stage. If they don't want to handle contraception, that's their right in their own store. It's not like the woman would get harangued by an employee of CVS. Speaking of which, here in Northern Virginia I doubt there is any commercial area that does not have a CVS in direct eyesight.

noonwitch
10-23-2008, 11:47 AM
That's the beauty of the free market. If this place doesnt provide the services it's customers need, then it will fail.

But since I like small busniess, I hope that it does well.


It will appeal to mothers with small children who have to wait to get their prescription filled-no candy=no begging for candy!

I'm sure for those who want the Pill and condoms, there is a CVS or Walgreens's nearby. CVS is everywhere.

linda22003
10-23-2008, 11:52 AM
According to Google Maps, there are TWO CVS stores in eyesight. Good luck to them.

Gingersnap
10-23-2008, 01:04 PM
Hopefully they at least provide this much of a service, but the article didn't really mention it.

Why? If I find out that a store doesn't provide the service or product that I need, I go somewhere else. Why is it such a monumental task for adults to manage their own needs? Kids can get all the contraception/"reproductive" health management they can stand in school.

wilbur
10-23-2008, 01:17 PM
Why? If I find out that a store doesn't provide the service or product that I need, I go somewhere else. Why is it such a monumental task for adults to manage their own needs? Kids can get all the contraception/"reproductive" health management they can stand in school.

We're talking about a profession thats a little more... fraught with ethical pitfalls than say, selling DVDs.

LogansPapa
10-23-2008, 01:19 PM
Why? If I find out that a store doesn't provide the service or product that I need, I go somewhere else.

Exactly. It is a matter of personal choice.

No different than immigrants shopping in their ethnic neighborhood stores - feeling comfortable in doing so. Not anyone elseís business where they shop and why they choose to be with those of their own.

I donít go to a Jewish delicatessen for a ham sandwich. :cool:

Gingersnap
10-23-2008, 01:24 PM
We're talking about a profession thats a little more... fraught with ethical pitfalls than say, selling DVDs.

We're talking about a bunch of consumers who are smart enough to use Google. :rolleyes:

FlaGator
10-23-2008, 02:17 PM
Granting for a second that 'rights/life begin at conception', there are two patients involved, actually... one is getting the short end of the stick, based on the pharmacists personal bias (the conscious one).

But that's still only in the case of something like the morning after pill. What about someone just looking for the pill or some other birth control advice? Will they refer them? They should.

Actually I was thinking of both mother and child. Because of your religious bias you where unable to realize it. You assumed I was referring to only the physical safety. I was referencing the Spiritual as well. Your incomplete underdstanding of my remark was due to the fact that you don't recognize the spiritual nature of people.

Also why should they be required to refer them to anywhere. If I go to buy a hot dog from McDonalds and they don't carry them is McDonalds required to refer me to All-American Hot Dogs?