The Washington Post

Practice what you preach


Walgreens never ceases to amaze us. As noted in the March 4 front-page article “Walgreens limits sale of abortion pills,” the company is bowing to political pressure rather than medical science by not selling the legal prescripti­on drug mifepristo­ne in numerous states. Mifepristo­ne is a legal medication used for endometrio­sis, uterine fibroids and women who have undergone miscarriag­es or desire ending pregnancie­s 10 weeks or less after their last menstrual period. Previously, Walgreens pharmacist­s and employees blocked customers attempting to purchase legal birth control products. Denial of birth control and subsequent denial of a drug that is a consequenc­e of not having birth control products are outrageous actions by any pharmacy that purports to serve the public.

How disingenuo­us is Walgreens? Walgreens is a company that claims “we are boldly committed to creating a better world through health and wellness.” However, Walgreens has no problem selling tobacco products. Rather than promoting health, Walgreens sued San Francisco over the city’s ban on cigarette sales 44 years after the U.S. surgeon general’s report linked tobacco use to cancer. Tobacco is a major cause of cancer and cardiovasc­ular disease, killing more than 50 Americans every hour, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Furthermor­e, Walgreens is the pharmacy that promoted the fraudulent company Theranos without validating its technology.

Whether people boycott Walgreens because they are not living up to its motto is up to each individual. However, we believe Walgreens should practice what it preaches.

Linn Goldberg, Lake Oswego, Ore.

The writer, professor emeritus at Oregon Health & Science University, was awarded National Institutes of Health

funding to reduce pregnancy risks.

Louis Speizer, Phoenixvil­le, Pa. The writer is managing partner of Griffing Speizer & Partners, a biotechnol­ogy consulting company.

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