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Prescribing Drugs Case Study

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Ethical and legal implications of prescribing drugs Healthcare provider with qualified privileges should write a prescription based on patient’s medical history, and current health problems, also patient’s allergies and any relevant blood results known. However, writing prescriptions becomes illegal when these factors are not put into consideration, which may result into unnecessary harm to patient or even lead to untimely death. For the purpose of this discussion, scenario 3 will be review and require questions answered. The scenario 3 stated “You see another nurse practitioner writing a prescription for her husband who is not a patient of the practitioner. The prescription is for a narcotic. You can’t decide whether or not to report the…show more content…
The pharmacist should trust that the written prescription is accurate and complete without falsification, but any omission of information such as the medical record number will create room for suspicion and must be reported. Nurse practitioners should not allow sentiments or emotion to take precedence over their practice, rather cultivate a way to safe their family from harm. Irrational thinking due to psychological pressure may affect the write decision making which can cause harm to the patient (Crigger & Holcomb, 2008). Two strategies to guide decision making Upon confirmation that the prescription is for the patient’s husband, the pharmacist should be notified to put a stop on filling the prescription and investigate appropriately. Obtaining good evidence from reliable sources will be helpful during investigation. Once the pharmacist confirmed the difference with the provider from the original prescriber an incident report should be filed to the prescriptive authority of the practice state such as the State Board of Nursing.
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