Pharmacies, pharmacists, and conscientious objection

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 16 (3):225-250 (2006)
: This paper examines the obligations of pharmacy licensees and pharmacists in the context of conscience-based objections to filling lawful prescriptions for certain types of medications—e.g., standard and emergency contraceptives. Claims of conscience are analyzed as means to preserve or maintain an individual's moral integrity. It is argued that pharmacy licensees have an obligation to dispense prescription medications that satisfy the health needs of the populations they serve, and this obligation can override claims of conscience. Although efforts should be made to respect the moral integrity of pharmacists and accommodate their claims of conscience, it is argued that the health needs of patients and the professional obligations of pharmacists limit the extent to which pharmacists may refuse to assist patients who have lawful prescriptions for medically indicated drugs
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1353/ken.2006.0020
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 31,334
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Conscientious Objection, Emergency Contraception, and Public Policy.Robert F. Card - 2011 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 36 (1):53-68.
Reasons and Healthcare Professionals' Claims of Conscience.Mark R. Wicclair - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):21 – 22.

View all 7 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Conscientious Objection and Emergency Contraception.Robert F. Card - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):8 – 14.
U.S. Pharmacists, Pharmacies, and Emergency Contraception.Waheeda Lillevik - 2006 - Business and Professional Ethics Journal 25 (1/4):39-66.
Private Conscience, Public Acts.Eva LaFollette & Hugh LaFollette - 2007 - Journal of Medical Ethics 33 (5):249-254.
Ethical Dilemmas in Pharmacy Practice.Werner Lowenthal - 1988 - Journal of Medical Humanities and Bioethics 9 (1):44-49.
Emergency Contraception and Conscientious Objection.J. Paul Kelleher - 2010 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 27 (3):290-304.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
62 ( #94,585 of 2,225,262 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
12 ( #35,829 of 2,225,262 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature