Pharmacy Code of Ethics

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Pharmacy Code of Ethics
Pharmacists help patients understand how to use medication. (pills image by Bruce MacQueen from Fotolia.com)

The pharmaceutical code of ethics is in place to guide and maintain a high level of professionalism among pharmacists. The code expresses that pharmacists are heath care experts who follow a set of moral obligations and principles in their societal relationships.

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Patient Relationship

The well-being of patients is of utmost importance to pharmacists. Their code of ethics sets the parameter for pharmacist-patient interaction which includes respecting and protecting the trust that patients freely give to them. The code also discusses pharmacists' obligation to preserve confidentiality and respect for their patients' right to make their own health decisions.

Professional Relationships

The pharmacy code of ethics touches upon the importance of honesty and integrity among colleagues. Pharmacists are obligated by the code to act through their conscience and avoid discriminatory practices in the workplace. The code of ethics also establishes a mutual respect of individual values and beliefs between colleagues, as applied to patient care.

Societal Relationship

In addition to holding the individual patient relationship sacred, pharmacists are bound by their code of ethics to consider the societal impact of their decisions and actions. In addition, when health resources are distributed, the pharmacy code of ethics obligates pharmacists to act fairly in balancing patient and societal needs.

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