Pharmacist refuses to fill transgender woman's hormone therapy prescription

CVS pharmacist fired after refusing to fill transgender woman's hormone prescription | TheHill

According to CVS, The pharmacist has since been fired.

CVS has apologized after a pharmacist at one of its Arizona locations refused to fulfill a hormone therapy prescription for a transgender woman. She said she chose the medication instead of undergoing an invasive medical procedure.

Hall then transferred all of her prescriptions to that Walgreens "so that I never again have to see the pharmacist who discriminated against me", she wrote. The pharmacist "kept asking, loudly and in front of other CVS staff and customers, why I was given the prescriptions", Hall wrote.

Hall says the pharmacist did not give her a reason for the refusal and he refused to give her back the doctor's prescription note so she could have it filled at another pharmacy.

'I left the store feeling mortified, ' Hall wrote. In an article posted to ACLU's website Thursday, Hall wrote about how she was at the point where she would soon start seeing her body reflect her gender identity.

A transgender woman has spoken out after being denied access to her prescribed hormones by a pharmacist in Arizona.

CVS responded to the situation in a statement on Friday, stating that the pharmacist was no longer employed by the chain because he had violated its company policies.

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After leaving her doctor's, Hall went to get her three prescriptions filled at her local CVS in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but that is when her day "took a turn", and the pharmacist working refused to fill one of the prescriptions Hall needed to affirm her identity. The company said the employee had been fired, but did not disclose if it happened immediately or after media reports on the incident.

Mike DeAngelis, Senior Director of Corporate Communications for CVS, told Arizona Central that the pharmacist no longer works for the company and that his actions do 'not reflect our values or our commitment to inclusion, nondiscrimination and the delivery of outstanding patient care'.

We also apologize for not appropriately following up on Ms. Hall's original complaint to CVS, which was due to an unintentional oversight. When no one addressed her concerns, she chose to file a complaint with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy on Thursday. Arizona pharmacists are required to notify the company in advance about any religious convictions so CVS can make other arrangements to ensure a patient's needs are met, DeAngelis added.

Arizona is one of six states that allows pharmacies and pharmacists to refuse to fill a prescription on religious or moral grounds. The office staff tried to intervene by calling the pharmacist, but he still refused to fill my prescription without explicitly explaining why.

It marked her first round of hormone therapy.

Steve Kilar, a spokesman for the civil liberties union in Arizona, said Hall had filed a complaint with the organization in May after she was having trouble getting a response from CVS. "I felt like the pharmacist was trying to out me as transgender in front of strangers", she said. The pharmacist said it was against his personal beliefs.

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