CVS pharmacist denies hormones to trans woman

ACLU of Arizona

A CVS pharmacist in Arizona was sacked after he refused to fill the hormone prescription of a transgender woman.

"I left my doctor's office elated", she wrote in the blog post.

A transgender woman has spoken out after being denied access to her prescribed hormones by a pharmacist in Arizona. In an article posted to ACLU's website Thursday, Hall wrote about how she was at the point where she would soon start seeing her body reflect her gender identity.

Hall wrote that she's lucky that her family and friends accept and support who she is.

"Embarrassed and distressed, I almost started crying in the middle of the store", she said.

Hall had received three prescriptions April 24 from her doctor, who specializes in hormone therapy, she said. "I felt like the pharmacist was trying to out me as transgender in front of strangers", she said.

She said she "froze" and tried to hold back her tears.

But the pharmacist, who has not been identified, refused to fill the prescription did not give a reason why and instead questioned who and why gave Hill the prescription, Hill said.

Last month in Arizona, a Walgreens pharmacist denied a woman's prescription to end her pregnancy after a doctor told her the fetus was no longer viable, KPHO reported. Hall eventually filed a complaint with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy on Thursday.

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CVS posted its response on Twitter, apologizing to Hall and saying the pharmacist was no longer employed by the company.

The statement said the pharmacist violated company policies and "does not reflect our values or our commitment to inclusion, non discrimination and the delivery of outstanding patient care".

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"We also apologize for not appropriately following up on Ms. Hall's original complaint to CVS, which was due to an unintentional oversight", DeAngelis said in the email.

Hilde Hall says her local Fountain Hills CVS humiliated her in front of other customers on a day that should have been filled with joy. CVS would not clarify whether the pharmacist was sacked, telling HuffPost that it does not comment on employment decisions.

"Her real motivation here was to make sure people know this shouldn't happen to them and, if it does, they can take action", said Steve Kilar of the ACLU. No healthcare worker should rely on personal beliefs to reject decisions made by doctors and their transgender patients about medically necessary care. Hall says she wants CVS to apologize.

In April, the Trump administration said it planned to roll back a rule issued under former president Barack Obama that prevents doctors and hospitals from discriminating against transgender people. Trump now has plans to roll back a policy that protects transgender and non-binary people from discrimination in the health care industry.

'Our policy allows pharmacists to step away from filling a prescription for which they have a moral objection, ' they said in a tweet.

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