Case Studies in Pharmacy Ethics / Edition 1

Case Studies in Pharmacy Ethics / Edition 1

by Robert M. Veatch, Amy Haddad
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195133919

ISBN-13: 9780195133912

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Every pharmacist constantly makes ethical choices. Sometimes these choices are dramatic, life-and-death decisions, but often they are more subtle, less conspicuous choices that are nonetheless important. Assisted suicide, conscientious refusal, pain management, equitable and efficacious distribution of drug resources within institutions and managed care plans,…  See more details below

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Every pharmacist constantly makes ethical choices. Sometimes these choices are dramatic, life-and-death decisions, but often they are more subtle, less conspicuous choices that are nonetheless important. Assisted suicide, conscientious refusal, pain management, equitable and efficacious distribution of drug resources within institutions and managed care plans, confidentiality, and alternative and non-traditional therapies are among the issues that are of unique concern to pharmacists. One way of seeing the implications of such issues and the moral choices they pose is to look at the experiences and the choices that have had to be made in situations typically faced by pharmacists. This book is a collection of those situations based on the real experiences of practicing pharmacists. The use of case studies in health care ethics is not new, but in pharmacy it is. This text is an important teaching tool that will help pharmacy students and pharmacists address the increasing number of ethical problems arising in their profession. It is not merely a compilation of cases, but rather is organized for the systematic study of applied ethics. Part I shows how to distinguish ethical problems from other kinds of evaluative judgments and examines the sources of values in pharmacy, posing basic questions about the meaning and justification of ethical claims. Part II explores the basic principles of ethics as they have an impact on pharmacy. Specific cases from clinical settings present in a systematic way the various questions raised by each of the major ethical principles: benefiting the patient; distributing resources justly; respecting autonomy; dealing honestly with patients; keeping promises of confidentiality; and avoiding killing. Part III examines some of the special problems of contemporary pharmacy such as the linkages between pharmaceutical care and professional practice, human experimentation, reproductive issues, genetic technology, death and dying, and mental health.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195133912
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction Four Questions of Ethics 3

Pt. I Ethics and Values in Pharmacy

Ch. 1 A Model for Ethical Problem Solving 21

Ch. 2 Values in Health and Illness 29

Ch. 3 What Is the Source of Moral Judgments? 41

Pt. II Ethical Principles in Pharmacy Ethics

Ch. 4 Benefiting the Patient and Others: The Duty to Do Good and Avoid Harm 57

Ch. 5 Justice: The Allocation of Health Resources 73

Ch. 6 Autonomy 86

Ch. 7 Veracity: Dealing Honestly with Patients 102

Ch. 8 Fidelity: Promise-Keeping and Confidentiality 118

Ch. 9 Avoidance of Killing 134

Pt. III Special Problem Areas

Ch. 10 Abortion, Sterilization, and Contraception 159

Ch. 11 Genetics, Birth, and the Biological Revolution 181

Ch. 12 Mental Health and Behavior Control 199

Ch. 13 Formularies and Drug Distribution Systems 215

Ch. 14 Experimentation on Human Subjects 236

Ch. 15 Consent and the Right to Refuse Treatment 255

Ch. 16 Death and Dying 274

Appendix 293

Index 297

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