Brooke Huntley, Week 2, Ethical Decisions

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Ethical Decisions May 29, 2011 Ethical Decisions Brooke Huntley HCP/210 05/29/2011 Dr. Victoria McGhee
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Ethical Decisions May 29, 2011 Most career fields deal with some type of Code Of Ethics. Many professional's deal with ethical theories. Sometime's when faced with a situation, people have to think about ethics and morals to define what would be the right approach to fix the situation. A pharmacy is one of the fields where thinking on ethical theories may come around more than once. Using Mrs. Mortimer's situation, one will read about how a few theories relate to her and how they will benefit her as well as the pharmacy. Mrs. Mortimer is a regular customer, she arrives at her pharmacy and demands a refill for her synthroid. While processing her order, they discover that she has no refills left on her prescription. It is 9 p.m. on Friday night, and Monday is the Fourth of July. The pharmacy technician notifies the pharmacist of the situation and await further instructions. Social Contracts is a ethical theory that relates to Mrs. Mortimer's situation. The theory means "this principle requires the decision-maker to clearly focus on such basic moral skills as kindness, sensitivity, attentiveness, tact, patience, and reliability."( Johnston, M. 2006) This theory relates to Mrs. Mortimer's situation because even though she does not have a refill, she expects the pharmacy to give it to her regardless. The pharmacist needs to think of whether this is a good idea or not because it could cause trouble if the medication was filled when she really was not requested to have it. The pharmacist and Mrs. Mortimer could argue back and forth that it was either one's responsibility. Whether it was the pharmacist job to supply her with her medication or it was Mrs. Mortimer's responsibility to keep up with getting her prescriptions wrote out or called in. This theory could benefit Mrs. Mortimer if the pharmacist sided with her
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