Monday, June 1, 2015

Filling a Prescription on Shabbat

Filling a Prescription on Shabbat
Day: Monday
Date: June 1, 2015
Parshat: Biha'aloticha
Yalkut Yosef: 328

A Jewish doctor may not write a prescription for a Holeh She'en Bo Sakana on Shabbat. If he did so purposely, the prescription may not be used on Shabbat. If the prescription was filled and brought to the patient anyways, the medication may be used on Shabbat. However, if the Jewish doctor thought when he wrote the prescription that the patient was in immediate danger, the prescription may be filled even once it becomes clear that it is not a life threatening situation. It is also permissible to have a non Jew drive to go get the medication if necessary. Of course, if the medication does not need to be taken on Shabbat, the non Jew should not be instructed to get it on Shabbat.

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