Case Studies in Pharmacy Ethics

Paperback | February 18, 2008

EditorRobert Veatch, Amy Haddad

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Pharmacists face ethical choices constantly -- sometimes dramatic life-and-death decisions, but more often subtle, less conspicuous choices that are nonetheless important. Among the topics confronted are assisted suicide, conscientious refusal, pain management, equitable distribution of drugresources within institutions and managed care plans, confidentiality, and alternative and non-traditional therapies. Veatch and Haddad's book, first published in 1999, was the first collection of case studies based on the real experiences of practicing pharmacists, for use as a teaching tool forpharmacy students. The second edition accounts for the many changes in pharmacy since 1999, including assisted suicide in Oregon, the purchasing of less expensive drugs from Canada, and the influence of managed care on prescriptions. The presentation of some cases is shortened, most are revised and updated, and twonew chapters have been added. The first new chapter presents a new model for analyzing cases, while the second focuses on the ethics of new drug distribution systems, for example hospitals where pharmacists are forced to choose drugs based on cost-effectiveness, and internet basedpharmacies.

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Pharmacists face ethical choices constantly -- sometimes dramatic life-and-death decisions, but more often subtle, less conspicuous choices that are nonetheless important. Among the topics confronted are assisted suicide, conscientious refusal, pain management, equitable distribution of drugresources within institutions and managed ca...

Robert Veatch is a Professor of Medical Ethics at Georgetown University. Amy Haddad is Director of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics at Creighton University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:February 18, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195308123

ISBN - 13:9780195308129

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction: Four Questions of Ethics1. A Model for Ethical Problem Solving2. Values in Health and Illness3. What is the Source of Moral Judgments?Part II: Ethical Principles in Pharmacy Ethics4. Benefiting the Patient and Others: The Duty to Do Good and Avoid Harm5. Justice: The Allocation of Health Resources6. Autonomy7. Veracity: Dealing Honestly with Patients8. Fidelity: Promise-Keeping and Confidentiality9. Avoidance of KillingPart III: Special Problem Areas10. Abortion, Sterilization, and Contraception11. Genetics, Birth, and the Biological Revolution12. Mental Health and Behavior Control13. Formularies and Drug Distribution Systems14. Experimentation on Human Subjects15. Consent and the Right to Refuse Treatment16. Death and DyingAppendixThe Hippocratic OathCode of Ethics for PharmacistsList of CasesIndex

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"Very interesting and eye-opening...What is so compelling about this book is that it presents a plethora of ethical situations by relating pharmacists' real-life stories in the form of case studies...I am sure you will find yourself immersed in at least one or more case studies with personal application to your practice."--US Pharmacist "Very interesting and eye-opening...What is so compelling about this book is that it presents a plethora of ethical situations by relating pharmacists' real-life stories in the form of case studies...I am sure you will find yourself immersed in at least one or more case studies with personal application to your practice."--US Pharmacist "This edition has been updated with two new chapters and many additional cases to keep it current with the changing landscape of healthcare in the United States. As a pharmacy school teacher of an elective course in pharmaceutical ethics, I highly recommend this book."--Doody's