Extending the Role of a Pharmacist

581 Words Jan 28th, 2018 2 Pages
At the same time they should attempt not to ignore their moral beliefs because it is important for pharmacists to have their right to refusal to maintain professional ethics required in this field. While pharmaceutical drugs have the potential to alleviate the symptoms of a life threatening disease or aid someone in everyday life, unfortunately there are millions of Americans who abuse or take advantage of the benefits that can come from prescription drugs.
Those who are against the expanded role of a pharmacist claim that these professionals have no right to interfere in the decisions made between a physician and his or her patient and that pharmacists have gone too far in exercising their power of refusal. Cynthia Dailard of the Guttmacher Report on Public Policy 8, states in this article that pharmacists have the power to refuse birth control pills on moral or religious grounds which, for example, might lead to the struggle of many women not ready to be a mother. According to Julie Cantor and Ken Baum of The Limits of Conscientious Objection “in a profession that is bound by fiduciary obligation…it is unacceptable to leave patients by their own standards to fend for themselves.” Thus a medical professional should not judge a patient because they do not know there history and using that as a basis for objection is…
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