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The Pharmacist’s Code of Ethics

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Pharmacists have a very important role in the healthcare industry. They are given the duty of gathering and dispensing medication that has been prescribed by doctors. These duties are vital and must be taken seriously.

To ensure quality healthcare, pharmacists have created a code of conduct that spells out moral, ethical and social obligations. The American Pharmaceutical Association was the first professional organization to adopt this code. The code of ethics has changed several times since the first code was established in 1848, with the most recent change enacted in 1994.

The code has several parts which deal with how pharmacists should behave in a professional setting. The most recent version of the code was ratified by the membership of the American Pharmaceutical Association on October 27, 1994. The major parts of the code are as follows:

  • Preamble – This outlines the duties and responsibilities of a pharmacist.
  • Section I – A pharmacist respects the covenantal relationship between the patient and pharmacist.
  • Section II – A pharmacist promotes the good of every patient in a caring, compassionate, and confidential manner.
  • Section III – A pharmacist respects the autonomy and dignity of each patient.
  • Section IV – A pharmacist acts with honesty and integrity in professional relationships.
  • Section V – A pharmacist maintains professional competence.
  • Section VI – A pharmacist respects the values and abilities of colleagues and other health professionals.
  • Section VII – A pharmacist serves individual, community, and societal needs.
  • Section VIII – A pharmacist seeks justice in the distribution of health resources.

These eight sections display the professional responsibilities and duties of pharmacists. All pharmacists must abide by this code in their everyday professional life.

For more information on the Code of Ethics for Pharmacists, we have put together a collection of resources:

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