Ethical and Legal Implications of Prescribing Drugs

Ethical and Legal Implications of Prescribing Drugs


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Ethicaland Legal Implications

Prescribingdrugs without the medical history of the patient may pose somedangers. The prescriber may be liable by the law since, he/she mayprescribe incorrectly. The patient family may not be in a position toget the drugs but the problem arises when the pharmacist prescribeswrongly. When interacting with the friends and relatives, thephysicians always take the ethical principles that have been theretraditionally to bear. In essence, this is a mixture of the desire ofalleviating suffering and doing well that is intent to reduce harmand provide care (Anderson &amp Townsend, 2010).

Strategiesto guide in decision making for legally and ethically responsibledecision making

  • Establishing the current drug history, current medical conditions and any of over the counter drugs.

  • Sufficient justification on prescribing the drug

Explanationsof ethical implications

Sometimes,this assumption is often erroneous as a result of the familiaritywith one another that the profession can prescribe drugs just fromthe mere fact that there is a closer relationship. Information isprone to be share to other people and also when the requester may bespeaking for others who are in need. The physician should be mindfulof the need to preserve confidentiality and autonomy (Whitty &ampDevitt, 2014).

Irrespectiveof the formal consultation between the patient and the doctors arepertinent to the informal friend’s consultation. The existence ofthe patient-physician relationship is a prerequisite malpracticeclaim. The link between the patient and the physician of consensualin nature and it is on the basis of the contract whether implied orexpressed. The features that are typical of the formal consults wouldestablish the legal relationship with the patient bringing thecomplexity in prescribing the drug without the medical history.

Descriptionof the strategies

Gettingthe medical history of a patient can be imperative to get the fullunderstanding of what the patient needs. As a clinical officer, oneof the strategies would be establishing the current drug history,current medical conditions and any of over the counter drugs. Also, Iwould ensure that there is sufficient justification on prescribingthe drug, and the practitioners should avoid by all means treatingtheir friends or close family members (FitzGerald, 2009).


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