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      Governor Signs Bill to Protect Pharmacy Owners

      Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation shielding pharmacies from requirements to stock specific drugs.

      JEFFERSON CITY -- Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation shielding pharmacies from requirements to stock specific drugs. The governor's office says the bill signed today codifies the rights of Missouri pharmacy owners to choose not to carry certain products, if dispensing them violates their religious beliefs.

      While the bill makes no mention of which drugs, State Senator David Sater, who is a pharmacist, says the bill was prompted by efforts elsewhere to require druggists to stock emergency contraception.

      The new legislation will give protection to pharmacy owners from lawsuits by those who would seek to force them to carry abortion drugs or devices.

      The legislation was opposed by some democrats who feared it might be cited by store owners not to stock the morning-after pill.