Pharmacist’s Code of Ethics
“Pharmacist Code of Ethics”
is a guideline to the pharmacist in their relationship with the patients, fellow practitioners and other health professionals and the public.
Ethics in Pharmaceutical Issues
1. Pharmacist in different clusters with different ethical issues 1.1 Ethical issues in clinical pharmacy practice 1.1.1 Patients pharmaceutical care
Pharmaceutical care is the current practice in pharmacy. Here pharmacists are responsible in view of drug therapy for the purpose of achieving best outcomes that promote a patient's quality of life. Clearly there are ethical issues in this new development and some of these issues include
patient confidentiality and privacy,
duty to warn,
competencies in deciding the best medication to be procured.
1.1.2 Interaction with other medical professionals
In clinical practice pharmacist have to work with nurses, doctors and other medical professionals. They are required to give advice on the latest medications, drug substitution, drug costing and everything to do with drugs or related devices. Pharmacists may not get to interact directly with the patients but they may accompany physicians and nurses on ward rounds to see patients. Here pharmacist should assist the other professionals in a proper ethical manner and should not to comment on short comings involving other professionals on the therapy. Sometimes it is difficult to balance the two and pharmacists should handle such matters
1.2 Ethical issues in community pharmacy practice 1.2.1 Dispensing of drugs
Pharmacists should dispense a drug professionally and with it also give the following information: 1.
drugs in use or new drugs, 2.
information on side effects, 3.
drug interactions with other drugs or with food, 4.
recommendations on drug administration for unique situations (e.g. renal failure), 5.
information regarding appropriate drug dosage based on various factors (e.g. renal clearance, weight),