Missouri woman says Walgreens refused her medication for miscarriage after losing her baby

Missouri woman says she was denied the medicine she needed to safely get through her miscarriage by a Walgreens pharmacist two days before Roe vs. Wade was overthrown on June 24.

In a post on Reddit, the woman said that after trying for a baby for a long time, she and her husband finally got pregnant. However, during a nine-week CT scan, she was told there was no heartbeat and a doctor confirmed the pregnancy was not viable.

In the post, she explains the options presented to her by the doctor. She could wait to see if her body miscarried the fetus on its own and passed it on naturally, but since she showed no signs of a miscarriage, it could take weeks. If the fetus was not evacuated quickly, she could fall ill with sepsis.

Stock image: A woman clutches her stomach cramps. Miscarriages can cause cramping and extreme pain.
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The other option was to take a drug (misoprostol) that would pass the fetus quickly, within 24 to 48 hours. His third option was surgical removal.

According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, approximately one in 10 pregnancies ends in miscarriage before 13 weeks, often because the fetus has not developed properly.

“My husband and I agreed misoprostol was the best option,” she wrote. “That way we would know it was done and we wouldn’t have to live in fear waiting. And to be honest, I couldn’t live knowing my dead baby was inside me any longer.”

She was prescribed 600 micrograms of misoprostol every six hours for 24 hours, which is at the lower end of the dosage scale for miscarriage. She was nervous about taking the pills, as she had been told to expect extreme cramping and bleeding, fever, chills, shortness of breath and dizziness.

The doctor told the woman that when she went to the pharmacy, if they asked her if she was pregnant and she said yes, they would not give her the medicine and she should tell them instead that she was having an active miscarriage.

The first Walgreens she visited didn’t have enough medicine in stock for her, so she went to another Walgreens, 330 SW Ward Rd, Lee’s Summit branch, so she could miscarry while her husband was there.

“I asked the tech to check if they had it before filling it up because I needed it today,” she wrote. “She checked and said it was available and they would fill it. I felt some relief and was ready to end this nightmare and start the next one. Then she came out and she said she was really sorry but the pharmacist refused to fill it.”

The male pharmacist apparently felt that the “dose was too high”. He never came to speak to him, he only transmitted the message through the technician.

According to Sarah Elliston, a law professor at the University of Glasgow, UK, there may be “conscience” clauses which allow for refusal on the grounds of personal beliefs.

“If that’s the reason, professional bodies would usually expect it to be said, so the patient understands the reason and can go somewhere else,” she said. Newsweek. “[There may also be a] discretion or even obligation to refuse to fill a prescription if it is feared that the filling of the prescription would be dangerous for the patient. Again, an explanation would be expected, so that the patient could seek advice.”

“To be honest, I swore and cried,” the Missouri woman said. “My husband and I went back to the car and called the original pharmacy, I was crying and screaming and they were so nice. They worked to figure out what they could do for me, and eventually they were able to fill it up by giving me a ton of low dose pills Thanks to those brilliant angels who went out of their way because they realized how much fucking human decency I needed.

Roe vs. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court on June 24, removing women’s constitutional right to access abortion. Healthcare providers can be fined or even jailed for performing abortions in states where it is now illegal. Although miscarriages are a natural occurrence in many pregnancies, there are now concerns that people who miscarry are being treated like criminals because these miscarriage-facilitating drugs are technically abortifacient.

Missouri’s trigger ban on abortion prohibits all abortions, with no exceptions for rape and incest. The only exception includes medical emergencies, where death or irreversible impairment of a major bodily function may occur without one.

“I’ve always been pro-choice because what other women do with their bodies is none of my business,” the Missouri woman wrote. “But I wanted to share my story, because so many people keep saying it won’t affect women who miscarry. I’m so scared to have a baby now. I’m so scared of how I’m going to be treated if this happens again. We don’t deserve this, no one deserves this.

In response to the incident, a Walgreens spokesperson said Newsweek“The safety and well-being of patients is our top priority, and Walgreens has compassion for anyone experiencing the physical and emotional pain of a miscarriage. Although privacy laws prevent us from commenting on specific events generally speaking, such incidents are rare We investigate reported events to determine if appropriate action has been taken and regularly review our procedures with our pharmacy teams and provide coaching as needed to ensure proper balance between patient care and customer service.”


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