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Widely accepted codes of ethics


To better illustrate how to implement the principles into codes, Chiang will be using the codes established by various different associations.

8 codes of the American Pharmaceutical Association:

  • A pharmacist respects the covenantal relationship between the patient and pharmacist.

  • A pharmacist promotes the good of every patient in a caring, compassionate, and confidential manner.

  • A pharmacist respects the autonomy and dignity of each patient.

  • A pharmacist acts with honesty and integrity in professional relationships.

  • A pharmacist maintains professional competence.

  • A pharmacist respects the value and abilities of colleagues and other health professionals.

  • A pharmacist serves individual, community, and societal needs.

  • A pharmacist seeks justice in the distribution of health resources.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Code of ethics, pharmacists should:

  • Recognize the problem that needs to be overcome or the difficult choice that had to be made.

  • Identifies the possible course of actions.

  • Choose one action.

  • Accept the responsibility.

Though there is fixed answer in ethical debates, a pharmacist need to know how to approach the problem in a systemic manner.

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If yes, are there any modifications made to accommodate for difference in culture?

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