Walgreens has announced that it will stop selling abortion pills at locations in states where the legality of the distribution is being challenged by Republican public officials. California, a blue state, is opposed to the action and is threatening to cut ties with the pharmacy.
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Governor Newsom “California won’t be doing business with @walgreens – or any company that cowers to the extremists and puts women’s lives at risk.”
“We’re done,” he continued.
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According to a spokesperson for the governor, the relationship between all the Walgreens locations in the state are under review. SO far, legislation has declined to share specifics. This includes a timeline in when any type of severance will take place. Shares for the company have already fallen 1.77% since Monday.
Walgreens continues to receive public scrutiny since they confirmed their announcement about not selling the pills in states with Republican officials that pose a threat. In January, the FDA made a decision to allow pharmacies to sell mifepristone in person and by mail as long as they complete the proper certification process. It’s up to the pharmacy on where and when they will begin to dispense the medication.
Last Friday, Walgreens released a statement to NPR talking about the drug. They’ve stated that they will take necessary steps to sell the medications in “jurisdictions where it is legal and operationally feasible.”
The drug is also occasionally used in cases of miscarriage. Some states have placed additional restrictions on how it can be distributed. They are also reviewing laws that can impose additional regulations.
The pharmacist and president of the California Pharmacists Association told NPR that Newsom hasn’t shared any details on the plans regarding Walgreens and their business limitations when it comes to insurance plans covering access to certain drugs.