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I Won’t Dispense That: The Pharmacist Conscience Clause

Program Type



1 Contact Hour(s)

Release Date

Monday, November 23, 2020

Offline Date:

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

ACPE Expiration Date

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Target Audience




  • Overview

    Conflicts arise when pharmacists refuse to fill legally valid prescriptions because of their religious or ethical principles. Refusal by health care providers to participate in certain health-related activities due to ethical values emerged after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down anti-abortion laws. The issue surfaced for pharmacists following the approval of emergency contraception. Many instances of conflicts between pharmacist ethical principles and the need for urgent access to medications led some states to enact conscience clause laws, however a lack of uniformity and guidance among the states creates a confusing situation for pharmacists, employers, and patients. This lesson will review the development and application of health-based conscience clause laws and regulations.


    Homestudy PDF:   20280H03.pdf

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  • Pharmacist

    Describe the history and application of the health care conscience clause
    Distinguish the characteristics and approaches of right to refuse laws in various states
    Explain the responsibility of the pharmacist/pharmacy dealing with a conscience clause dispute

  • Activity Type


    Universal Activity Number

    Pharmacist 0798-0000-20-280-H03-P

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