The Conscience of a Pharmacist

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The purpose of this commentary is to attempt to provide some insight into conscience-clause cases from the perspective of a pharmacist and an academician. Health professionals, including pharmacists, have a social contract with the patients we serve in which the patients give us a level of status not given to non-professionals, and, in return, we agree to put the interests of our patients above our own. Therefore, any discussion of a right-to-refuse service needs to begin with a discussion of the duties and responsibilities of the health professional to the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019



  • clinical ethics
  • health professions
  • moral duties
  • pharmacist
  • pharmacy students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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