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Week 2 DQ. Nurs 6521 Scenario 4: During your lunch break at the hospital, you read a journal article on pharmaco-economics. You think of a couple of patients who have recently mentioned their financial difficulties. You wonder if some of the expensive drugs you have prescribed are sufficiently managing the patients’ health conditions and improving their quality of life. Ethical is defined simply as doing the right thing based on moral standards of conduct (collinsdictionary.com), and law is defined as a rule or set of rules for good behavior which is considered right and important by many people for moral, religious, or emotional reasons. And legal pertains to following the rules or laws (collinsdictionary.com). In this week’s discussion the topic is based on scenario 4, and the ethical and legal considerations of prescribing expensive medications for patients that may be unable to afford them. Pharmacological intervention for physical or mental diseases and disorders today can include over the counter (OTC) medications, natural or alternative therapies, and prescription drugs. And there are multiple manufacturers of prescription drugs ie: brand name versus generic, with the cost to consumers based on market value (Levy, Rosenberg, &Vanness, 2018). Some brand name drugs can charge any price they want due to patents and availability of the drug. Prescription drug costs totaled more than $300 billion in the United States in 2015. Generics are markedly reduced and when prescribed generics are generally given instead of brand name. As the scenario suggests, patients are being prescribed expensive medications that may or may not be providing the needed therapy and improving the patient’s quality of life. Advance practice nurses should look at multiple factors for medication and therapy compliance issues to create an individualized and optimum plan of care. High cost of medications can inhibit compliance in many ways. Such as not getting the prescription filled, taking less than prescribed, or giving up other necessities such as food, rent, or utility bills to pay for medications. As a prescriber, ethical consideration is to do what is right for the patient, as well as other stakeholders ie: the pharmacist, family members and prescriber. If a patient cannot afford a high cost medication this cuts into the income of the pharmacy, the patient may become homeless, more ill and must rely on family members for support. The burden can be lessened with prescribing generic medications or seeking medications that essentially get the same results for less money.
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  • Fall '13
  • Pharmacology, Food and Drug Administration, Medical prescription

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