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Pharmacy technician code of ethics

  • Pharmacy technician is a registered and licensed by the state board of pharmacy to perform duties of pharmacy technician.
  • Thus, pharmacy technician is a profession that must comply with pharmaceutical care code of ethics and regulations.
  • Whenever there is government regulated registration comes with great responsibility. These responsibilities must also accord with code of ethics and regulations.
  • Pharmacy technician code of conducts and ethics are suggested practice guidelines and resources for pharmacy technicians.
  • The pharmaceutical code of ethics may conflict with regulations and require a professional judgement for best pharmaceutical care for the patient.
  • I do recall the pharmacy law professor at USC pharmacy school was trying to explain law and ethics by juggling motion with law on one hand, and the ethics on other hand.

Code of Ethics for Pharmacy Technicians1

Preamble
  • Pharmacy Technicians are healthcare professionals who assist pharmacists in providing the best possible care for patients. The principles of this code, which apply to pharmacy technicians working in any and all settings, are based on the application and support of the moral obligations that guide the pharmacy profession in relationships with patients, healthcare professionals and society.
Principles
  1. A pharmacy technician's first consideration is to ensure the health and safety of the patient, and to use knowledge and skills to the best of his/her ability in serving patients.
  2. A pharmacy technician supports and promotes honesty and integrity in the profession, which includes a duty to observe the law, maintain the highest moral and ethical conduct at all times and uphold the ethical principles of the profession.
  3. A pharmacy technician assists and supports the pharmacists in the safe and efficacious and cost effective distribution of health services and healthcare resources.
  4. A pharmacy technician respects and values the abilities of pharmacists, colleagues and other healthcare professionals.
  5. A pharmacy technician maintains competency in his/her practice and continually enhances his/her professional knowledge and expertise.
  6. A pharmacy technician respects and supports the patient's individuality, dignity, and confidentiality.
  7. A pharmacy technician respects the confidentiality of a patient's records and discloses pertinent information only with proper authorization.
  8. A pharmacy technician never assists in dispensing, promoting or distribution of medication or medical devices that are not of good quality or do not meet the standards required by law.
  9. A pharmacy technician does not engage in any activity that will discredit the profession, and will expose, without fear or favor, illegal or unethical conduct of the profession.
  10. A pharmacy technician associates with and engages in the support of organizations, which promote the profession of pharmacy through the utilization and enhancement of pharmacy technicians.
1 Adapted from The American Association of Pharmacy Technicians Code of Ethics, published Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2003

Code of Conduct

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Code of Conduct for Certified Pharmacy Technicians A. Responsibilities Relating to Legal Requirements.

Each certificant/candidate must:

  1. Act consistent with all legal requirements relating to pharmacy technician practice, including Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.
  2. Refrain from any behavior that violates legal or ethical standards, including all criminal laws, Federal laws and agency regulations, and State laws and regulatory agency rules.
B. Responsibilities to PTCB/Compliance with Organizational Policies and Rules.

Each certificant/candidate must:

  1. Act consistent with all applicable PTCB Policies and requirements.
  2. Provide accurate, truthful, and complete information to PTCB.
  3. Maintain the security and confidentiality of PTCB Examination information and materials, including the prevention of unauthorized disclosure of test items and format and other confidential information.
  4. Cooperate with PTCB concerning conduct review matters, including the submission of all required information in a timely, truthful and accurate manner.
  5. Report to PTCB apparent violations of this Code upon a reasonable and clear factual basis.
C. Responsibilities to the Public and Employers.

Each certificant/candidate must:

  1. Deliver competent, safe, and appropriate pharmacy and related services.
  2. Recognize practice limitations and provide services only when qualified and authorized by a supervising pharmacist and consistent with applicable laws and regulations. The certificant/candidate is responsible for determining the limits of his/her own abilities based on legal requirements, training, knowledge, skills, experience, and other relevant considerations.
  3. Maintain and respect the confidentiality of sensitive information obtained in the course of all work and pharmacy-related activities, as directed by the supervising pharmacist and consistent with legal requirements, unless: the information is reasonably understood to pertain to unlawful activity; a court or governmental agency lawfully directs the release of the information; the patient or the employer expressly authorizes the release of specific information; or, the failure to release such information would likely result in death or serious physical harm to employees and/or patients.
  4. Use pharmacy technician credentials properly, and provide truthful and accurate representations concerning education, experience, competency, and the performance of services.
  5. Provide truthful and accurate representations to the public and employers.
  6. Follow appropriate health and safety procedures with respect to all pharmacyrelated activities and duties.
  7. Protect the public, employees, and employers from conditions where injury and damage are reasonably foreseeable.
  8. Disclose to patients or employers significant circumstances that could be construed as a conflict of interest or an appearance of impropriety.
  9. Avoid conduct that could cause a conflict of interest with the interests of a patient or employer.
  10. Assure that a real or perceived conflict of interest does not compromise legitimate interests of a patient or employer, and does not influence or interfere with workrelated judgments.

British Code of Ethics

The following code of ethics is from Great Britain pharmacist and pharmacy technician code of ethics.
  1. MAKE THE CARE OF PATIENTS YOUR FIRST CONCERN
  2. EXERCISE YOUR PROFESSIONAL JUDGEMENT IN THE INTERESTS OF PATIENTS AND THE PUBLIC
  3. SHOW RESPECT FOR OTHERS
  4. ENCOURAGE PATIENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR CARE
  5. DEVELOP YOUR PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCE
  6. BE HONEST AND TRUSTWORTHY
  7. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR WORKING PRACTICES

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Great but a question 5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: Keither, Oct 13 2012 6:16PM

Thanks for the post. US and Britain's pharmacy technician code of ethics were compared. British Code was simple and to the point. Pharmacy technician code of ethics and code of conduct are virtually have similar criteria. But the moral obligation that guide the pharmacy profession is that the codes of ethics or personal values of an individual?
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Added: Fri Jul 06 2012
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