Religious objections ruled out

Religious objections are not grounds for refusing to dispense medicines, a US court has ruled.

In a landmark ruling a federal appeals court found pharmacy owners do not have a constitutional right to refuse to dispense medicines that they object to on religious grounds.

The case Stormans v Wiesman endorsed a Washington state rule that permits individual pharmacists to refuse to fill a particular prescription “so long as another pharmacist working for the pharmacy provides timely delivery,” but does not generally allow the pharmacy itself to refuse to deliver