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Real respect for patients is having respect for their morals, despite your own

I was very pleased to see the article ‘Refusing to supply emergency hormonal contraception undermines our profession — no pharmacist should do it’, by Cathy Cooke in the March 2020 issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal.

For a succinct view of this matter, may I also refer readers to my letter to The Pharmaceutical Journal, on 6 February 2017.

As I stated then, “real respect for patients should entail respect for their moral code also, as long as they are seeking a service the pharmacy is qualified and indeed contracted to provide. Belief is belief — not immutable fact. To insist that you are right and everyone else is wrong leads you down a dangerous road.”


Brian Curwain, Lymington, Hampshire

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2020.20207910

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