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University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy PHRM 208 Pharmacy Law and Ethics Spring 2003 Ethics Exam II Directions: You must answer either question #1 or #2. All students must answer question #3. 1. (40 points) As we discussed in class, fidelity obligations can range from contractual at one end of the continuum to covenantal at the other. Briefly compare contractual and covenantal fidelity. Where do you believe a pharmacist’s obligation to their patient lies along the continuum? Explain. 2. (40 points) Confidentiality and informed consent are often thought of as applications of the principle of autonomy. Explain. 3. (60 points) Consider the following case: Imagine you are a pharmacist working in a community with a large number of elderly. Given this population, you see your patients frequently and, as a result, get to know many of them and their families quite well. One day one of your frequent patients, Harry, stops by and asks to speak with you privately.
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Unformatted text preview: You are a bit surprised to see him up and about since you know he is seriously ill with cancer. One you are alone, Harry gives you grim news: his cancer has metastasized to his bones and he is terminally ill. He continues by telling you that what scares him is not dying, but dying in pain. He recently watched as a close friend, also suffering from bone cancer, died an excruciating death; Harry does not want to endure the same fate. Consequently, he has been in contact with his physician who has agreed, somewhat reluctantly, to give Harry a prescription for a barbiturate to end his life. Harry hands you the prescription and asks that you fill it. Further, he asks that you not mention this conversation to either his wife or his children since he has decided not to tell them what he intends to do. What ought you to do? Why? Be sure to utilize in your answer at least THREE of the moral rules/ethical principles we have discussed....
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