Input during a public comment period fell overwhelmingly against changing the rules that ban pharmacies from refusing to dispense drugs. Gov. Chris Gregoire is opposed, too.
But the state Board of Pharmacy makes the decision, and it agreed today on a 3-2 vote to move ahead with changes.
At issue is a rule the board set in 2007 at Gregoire’s urging. It requires pharmacies to dispense all legal drugs.
A group of druggists who out of moral opposition don’t stock Plan B, the morning-after contraceptive, sued the state. Their lawsuit has dragged on and put pressure on the board to relent.
“We can’t afford more lawsuits,” said board member Dan Connolly, who made the motion to move forward. “If we don’t change the current rule, this board is going to always be in litigation.”