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Chapter 11: Ethical Aspects of Drug Information Practice

A pharmacist receives a prescription for a potentially life-ending medication from a terminal patient. The pharmacist disagrees with ending one's life even with the diagnosis of a terminal illness. The pharmacist is not sure if she will fill the prescription. What level of ethical decision making would this constitute?

a. Micro level

b. Meso level

c. Macro level

d. No ethical dilemma exists

a. Micro level

A new policy is presented to the pharmacy & therapeutics committee regarding medication reconciliation by pharmacy personnel. A hospital administrator approaches members of the committee regarding his distaste for the policy. He claims that it will take too much time for pharmacists to conduct thorough medication reconciliations. He thinks pharmacy personnel need to stay in the pharmacy and leave patient interaction to the nurses and physicians. One physician committee member disagrees with the administrator in theory, but she does not want to vote against him. What level of ethical decision making would this constitute for if one physician exists?

a. Micro level

b. Meso level

c. Macro level

d. None of the above

b. Meso level

A practitioner is asked by administration to present an in-service for department colleagues on a recently approved drug product that may have applicability for use in the department's target population. The clinician is expected to present a set of materials provided by the administrator. What would be a first step in determining whether this is an ethical dilemma for the presenter?

a. Considering who might be affected by the dilemma

b. Considering the cultural perspectives of those attending the presentation

c. Determining what ethical rules seem to be at play in this situation

d. Seeking the factual details relative to the content provided by the administrator

d. Seeking the factual details relative to the content provided by the administrator

Which of the following statements are true when describing ethics?

a. Philosophical inquiry on the moral dimensions of human conduct.

b. The terms ethical and moral have substantially different meaning.

c. Ethics involves the ...

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