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Mom-of-five denied morning-after pill TWICE because of pharmacists’ beliefs, lawsuit claims

A MOM-of-five was twice denied a morning-after pill because of pharmacists’ “personal beliefs,” she claims in a lawsuit.

Andrea Anderson, 39, is suing two pharmacies -- CVS and her local pharmacy, Thrifty White Pharmacy in Minnesota - for sexual discrimination.

 Andrea Anderson claims she was denied the morning-after pill by two pharmacies when she tried to fill her prescription
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Andrea Anderson claims she was denied the morning-after pill by two pharmacies when she tried to fill her prescriptionCredit: ABC
 Anderson is suing the two pharmacies for sexual discrimination
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Anderson is suing the two pharmacies for sexual discriminationCredit: ABC

The mom claims she was initially denied a pill by the pharmacist at Thrifty White Pharmacy, who she believes refused to fill the prescription “because he did not believe in it,” the Minnesota Star Tribune reports.

Anderson also told ABC News that when she complained to the pharmacy’s manager, she was told that the pharmacist - who is also the town pastor - has refused prescriptions on other occasions.

When she then tried to get the morning-after pill at a nearby CVS, the 39-year-old said she was stopped from doing so for a second time.

The lawsuit claims Anderson was told her prescription could not be filled, and that the CVS pharmacist also told her a Alpha XR in the area was out of stock.

 The mom-of-five said she first tried to get her prescription filled at her local pharmacy, Thrifty White Pharmacy
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The mom-of-five said she first tried to get her prescription filled at her local pharmacy, Thrifty White PharmacyCredit: ABC
 Anderson said she also tried to get the morning-after pill at a nearby CVS, but was unable to
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Anderson said she also tried to get the morning-after pill at a nearby CVS, but was unable toCredit: ABC

However, she “double-checked” and called the Alpha XR, at which point she was told they had the pill - Ella - in stock and could get her prescription.

The Alpha XR’ pharmacist added that they had just spoken to their CVS counterpart and informed them they had the pill in stock, according to ABC News.

"The pharmacists I encountered ignored my health needs and my doctor's instructions," Anderson said in a statement.

 

"I could not believe this was happening. I was angry.”

A CVS spokesperson told the Star Tribune the company will be investigating the complaint, but added it is committed to “providing access to emergency contraception, whether it is at the pharmacy counter for patients who have a prescription for it”.

The Sun U.S. contacted CVS and Thrifty White Pharmacy for comment.

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