Gov. Chris Gregoire today issued the following statement in response to the decision to appeal the Stormans v. Selecky ruling in U.S. District Court:
"My position has always been clear: patients should be provided with lawful and lawfully prescribed medications in a timely manner. Some time sensitive medications become less effective with each passing hour, so I am especially concerned about those living in rural areas who have few options and could suffer lengthy delays in receiving medication.
"Any decision that puts patients at risk by delaying or denying them lawful and lawfully prescribed medications should be carefully reviewed by a higher court. I fully support the decision to appeal the lower court ruling."