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The Act creates a program to be jointly administered by the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy, the Department of Human Resources, and the Department of Human Health. The Act mandates that this program will distribute rather than discard prescription drugs prescribed to patients in health care facilities but not used before the patient's care in the facility ends. The recipients of the unused drugs will be uninsured or medically indigent Georgians. The Act grants pharmacists the right to refuse to fill a prescription for a drug which has the purpose of terminating a pregnancy as long as the pharmacist states in writing his or her objection to the abortion on moral or religious grounds. The Act requires that any pharmacist refusing to fill a prescription for a drug to terminate a pregnancy must make reasonable efforts to locate another pharmacist to fill such prescription or they must immediately return the prescription to the owner. The Act does not authorize a pharmacist to refuse to fill a prescription for any kind of contraceptive. The Act amends provisions which authorize loans to physicians who choose to practice in rural areas by expanding the number of physicians eligible for those loans. The act redefines "rural county" so that the population of military bases will be excluded when determining the population of the county.

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