September 25, 2022
Medical groups warn of ‘irreparable harm’ to confounded patients after Row era

The American Medical Association and three other major health groups warned Thursday that patients across the country could be at “irreparable harm” because of the legal landscape left over in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse Roe v. Wade.

one in StatementThe groups, co-authored by the American Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and the National Community Pharmacists Association, said they were deeply concerned by the state’s efforts to limit access to medically necessary medicine. He said ongoing questions about state laws are already affecting patients, and the language in the newly enacted rules is “vague,” “vague” and “obstructing care.”

“Physicians, pharmacists and other health care professionals face a confusing legal landscape due to a lack of clarity of state laws, confusing language, and unknown implementation by regulatory and enforcement bodies,” the statement said. “Without such guidance, we are deeply concerned that our patients will lose access to care and suffer irreparable harm.”

The groups pointed to reports that some hospitals have taken precautions on health care, others have removed emergency contraceptives from kits for victims of sexual assault and pharmacies who have “burdened” steps for prescriptions.

The statement comes amid ongoing efforts by Republicans to curb Americans’ access to abortion.

In the two months since the conservative bloc of the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, more than a dozen states have banned or banned abortion. Nearly 17 million women in the US have completely lost access to the procedure since the decision, and millions of others have limited access.

“These restrictions mean that should every one of these millions of people who need an abortion have to have an abortion, there will be enormous logistical and financial barriers to care,” Elizabeth Nash, a principal policy associate at the Guttmacher Institute, said in a statement. month.

The GOP’s plans have enthused Democratic voters and given the party renewed support in the midterm elections. In Michigan, the state’s Supreme Court said a proposal to protect abortion rights in its constitution would be allowed on the ballot in November.

But the AMA and other groups said Thursday they were deeply concerned about the health of patients, pointing to reports that many women are unable to take medication and make decisions that complicate trauma for victims of sexual assault.

“As physicians and pharmacists, we place patient well-being as paramount and are deeply concerned that continuity of care is being disrupted,” he said. “We call on state policymakers to ensure, through guidance, legislation or regulation, that patient care is not interrupted and that physicians and pharmacists are free to continue to practice medicine and pharmacy without fear of professional approval or liability. be.”

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