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(It's a top posted email, so you have to start from the bottom)

Note the subtle use of repetition in their responses.




Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 15:48:19 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Walmart.com Help" <help@walmart.com>
To: Deleted
Subject: Re: Please protect women's access to their prescriptions
x-mailer: KANA Response 7.5.2.76.6
X-ELNK-AV: 0




Dear Valued Customer,


Thank you for contacting us at Walmart.com regarding women?s
prescriptions for birth control. Your comments and concerns are very
important to us as we strive to meet your needs.


Wal-Mart does not carry emergency contraceptives. Our pharmacists may
decline to fill a prescription based on personal convictions. However,
they must find another pharmacist, either at Wal-Mart or another
pharmacy, who can assist you by filling your prescription.


Again, we thank you for your comments regarding this issue.


Sincerely,



Customer Service at Walmart.com





Original Message Follows:
------------------------
Way to miss the point, automaton!


At 01:14 PM 4/15/2005, you wrote:


>Dear Valued Customer,
>
>Thank you for contacting us at Walmart.com regarding women?s
>prescriptions for birth control. Your comments and concerns are very
>important to us as we strive to meet your needs.
>
>Wal-Mart does not carry emergency contraceptives. Our pharmacists may
>decline to fill a prescription based on personal convictions. However,
>they must find another pharmacist, either at Wal-Mart or another
>pharmacy, who can assist you by filling your prescription.
>
>Again, we thank you for your comments regarding this issue.
>
>Sincerely,
>
>
>Customer Service at Walmart.com
>
>
>
>
>Original Message Follows:
>------------------------
>This will no longer be an issue for me; I am 45 and do not require
>contraceptive of any type. However, since I disagree with many of
>Walmart's policies, not just the refusal to carry EC, I will no longer
>shop
>at any Walmart.
>
>Sincerely,
>M******* A*** D****
>
>
>At 07:13 AM 4/15/2005, you wrote:
>
> >Dear Valued Customer,
> >
> >Thank you for contacting us at Walmart.com regarding women?s
> >prescriptions for birth control. Your comments and concerns are very
> >important to us as we strive to meet your needs.
> >
> >Wal-Mart does not carry emergency contraceptives. Our pharmacists may
> >decline to fill a prescription based on personal convictions.
However,
> >they must find another pharmacist, either at Wal-Mart or another
> >pharmacy, who can assist you by filling your prescription.
> >
> >Again, we thank you for your comments regarding this issue.
> >
> >Sincerely,
> >
> >
> >Customer Service at Walmart.com
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >Original Message Follows:
> >------------------------
> >
> >March 30, 2005
> >
> >Dear WalMart Pharmacy,
> >
> >All over the country I have noticed a disturbing trend of
> >pharmacies refusing to fill women's prescriptions for birth
> >control. When a woman and her doctor decide that a
> >prescription for contraception is in the woman's best
> >interest, a third party has no right to override that
> >decision. Pharmacies must ensure that patients get their
> >doctor-prescribed medication without delay or
> >inconvenience. I ask that your company assure me and your
> >other customers that no woman seeking prescription
> >contraception will be turned away by your company's
> >pharmacies.
> >
> >As a customer, I want all of my prescriptions to be filled:
> > Leave medication decisions up to a woman and her doctor.
> >Pharmacists should not be practicing medicine.
> >
> >No doubt a majority of your customers take for granted that
> >women should be able to receive their birth control despite
> >the personal beliefs of the individual pharmacist. Timely
> >access to contraception is central to women's health,
> >autonomy, and equality. We must trust women and their
> >doctors to make their own reproductive health decisions.
> >
> >I thank you, in advance, for protecting your customer's
> >health by ensuring your pharmacy will guarantee women have
> >unhindered access to their prescribed medications.
> >
> >Thank you for your attention and support.
> >
> >Sincerely,
> >
> >
> >M******* D****
> >Address Deleted
> >Denver, CO 80222

Comments

( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
celticwitch99
Apr. 16th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
Thank you for letting me know that I will never get a prescription filled at a Wal-Mart pharmacy if I have any alternatives whatsoever. Not only does their customer service stink, but the fact that their pharmacists are allowed to deny women their birth control prescriptions based on personal conviction sticks in my craw. After all, what will keep them from denying other prescriptions based on personal conviction at some point??
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kalsia
Apr. 16th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: It figures...
Ditto!

After watching Democracy Now ..

/sigh .. your right .. just another one to add to the list ..
kateofrigel
Apr. 16th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
One of the many reasons I quit working for WalMart Corporation years ago when another job came my way.
nematoddity
Apr. 16th, 2005 03:52 am (UTC)
Figures.
gomeza
Apr. 16th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
Certain residents of the town of Stepford are alive and well and working at WalMart.
iamcompubear
Apr. 17th, 2005 02:03 am (UTC)
The only way to get a real human is to send it certified return receipt and signature requested. This way yoiu have a name and if you don't get a message back you can say x got my mail. It still insane.
clarsa
Apr. 17th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC)
Suppose a Wal-Mart employee sincerely believes that antibiotics are over-prescribed? Does that pharmacist have the right to refuse to fill a prescription for antibiotics?

What if the pharmacist believes children should not be on psychotropic meds? Can they refuse to fill those 'scrips?

What if the pharmacist believes that, if a person is HIV positive, his neighbors and/or co-workers should know about it? Will Wal-Mart support that person's decision to violate confidentiality and reveal this information?

Personal conviction is great. If a person really has conviction and integrity, they can resign their job and go flip burgers - unless they find that morally objectionable, too. There is a difference between freedom and license. They are free to stop being pharmacists. Wal-Mart is giving them license to violate the rights and privacy of others without consequences. Not cool.
teal_cuttlefish
Apr. 17th, 2005 05:17 am (UTC)
And what do you want to bet the same pharmacist will have no trouble dispensing Viagra?
journeyrose
Apr. 17th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
it figures.
Walmart just screwed Lakewood out of taxes--promised to keep the Walmart on Wads and 6th open when it opened the one one Wads and 15th (7 blocks away). Of course they didn't.

Ohio is working on a Walmart law to force them to pay health insurance.

But with the overall issue of drugs--since when does the pharmacist get to decide what to dispense? Isn't the role one of a mediator, a middleman who provides what the doctor requests?

I am supposed to take birth control pills for pain. (Luckily, no pharmacist objected to me getting my tubes tied before I ever even had sex...). I am also supposed to take other stuff for pain. So what if the pharmacist is a sadist and refuses to provide for pain relief?
wolfden
Aug. 20th, 2005 10:53 am (UTC)
I found you from your comment in Mactavish's Journal. You look like someine I should get to know.

Anyways, I boycotted Walmart for 7 years after they detained a strip searched a woman with alzheimer's and her granddaughter over a 25 cent pack of gum that that the grandaughter (who was the same I was at the time in her 20s) didn't see her pick up. I'm no advocate of shoplifting but they paid $100 for stuff and the granddaughter offered to pay for the gum. They told her not to bring her grandmother in there again. That if they couldn't control her she needed to be left home. It was a degrading experience. When Walmart was contacted by many people none of us got a reply. I very recently wandered into a Walmart for cheap craft stuff. But I went that long without them, I can do it again. Thanks for sharing this. if it makes you feel better their form letterr is better than the president's whose when I wrote about education told me he was keeping us safe by being at war in Iraq. I was like could they not even bother with topic based form letters.

wolfden
Aug. 20th, 2005 11:01 am (UTC)
I read and understand your disclaimer. I've added you to my friend's list. I'd be interested in seeing what you write.
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