Sally Wilson : Working For Cash

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Sally Wilson has been coming to a pharmacy to fill her pain medication prescriptions for several years. Sally’s husband passed away a couple of years ago and since then, she has been taking care of her three young children all by herself. Money are hard to come by for her because she is disabled and unable to work. Sally is on welfare and Medicaid, but the help she has been receiving is insufficient to cover her children’s basic needs. Thus, Sally has been working for cash, either babysitting or cleaning, now and then. Despite her financial situation, Sally Wilson is a very pleasant and caring lady. I have noticed her to donate a few dollars for the homeless animals several times. One day while filling her prescription, upon verification utilizing the prescription drug monitoring program, I discovered that Sally has been prescribed pain medications by several different providers and has been filling them in the multiple pharmacies. After I confronted her about what I have just discovered, Sally confessed that she has been selling some of the medication in order to save up some money for her children’s clothes and Christmas gifts. She promised to stop immediately and begged me not to tell anyone.
I think this particular ethical dilemma encompasses three of the APhA Code of Ethics principles. The principles involved are as follows: “pharmacist promotes the good of every patient in a caring, compassionate, and confidential manner”, second “pharmacist acts with honesty and

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