Ethics and Laws Governing Pharmacists

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Introduction Interestingly enough, the United States "has the most expensive healthcare system in the world, [yet] 47 million Americans have no health insurance. Healthcare is the country's largest economic sector"¦. Four times larger than national defense"¦ yet millions cannot afford to take care of their health needs" (Farrell, 2009, 1). If we combine this issue with the litigious nature of 21st century American culture, we can easily see how health professionals often have a difficult time with their ability to provide quality care and remaining mindful of their legal, moral, ethical, and social responsibilities. This paradigm directly affects almost every aspect of the health care world: physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, specialists, technicians, pharmacists, and even support personnel. Each aspect of the healthcare world has different, yet similar, issues that are defined by their individual state boards, their particular specialty's moral and legal code, and national and state legislation. One of the medical professionals that is often neglected in major discussions about medical liability and ethics is the pharmacist. Many people think that the modern pharmacist needs little training because everything is computerized; cross-checked, and requires little in the way of personalized, or intellectual, expertise. Nothing could be further from the actual truth, and the dilemma faced in the increasingly competitive world of pharmacy sales means that many

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