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Wash Pharmacy Board won't change 'Plan B' rule

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington's Board of Pharmacy has decided to not change a rule that prohibits pharmacies from refusing to dispense all legal drugs, including the morning-after contraceptive "Plan B."

On a 5-1 vote, the board voted Thursday to stop its process of drafting a rule change that could have allowed pharmacists to refer patients to another pharmacy for "time-sensitive" medication, including Plan B and hundreds of other drugs.

Individual pharmacists can still refuse to fill a prescription on moral grounds, but patients must receive their prescription onsite without delay.

Pharmacists who oppose the Plan B drug have sued the state, but that lawsuit was delayed when the board decided over the summer to begin a new rulemaking process.

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