CODE OF ETHICS FOR PHARMACISTS
Pharmacists are health professionals who help individuals protect themselves against diseases, maintain good health and make the best use of their medications. The pharmacists promote rational use of drugs and ensure the provision of safe, effective and quality drugs for improved patient care and quality of life. This Code, prepared and supported by pharmacists, is intended to state publicly the principles that form the fundamental basis of their roles and responsibilities whicha re based on moral obligations and virtues and to guide pharmacists in their relationship with patients, health professionals and society.
- A pharmacist places the well being of the patient at the center of professional practice.
- A pharmacist promotes the welfare of each individual in a caring and compassionate manner.
- A pharmacist serves the needs of the individual, community and society and provides health for all.
- A pharmacist respects the rights of patients and upholds confidentiality of patients’ records.
- A pharmacist acts with honesty, integrity and professionalism in relationship with the patients and other health professionals.
- A pharmacist respects the abilities, values and contributions of colleagues and other health professionals and work with them closely to ensure better patient care.
- A pharmacist is committed to continuously enhance professional competence.
- A pharmacist, in coordination with the government and other health professionals helps in the formulation and implementation of health care policies, standards and programs designed for the benefit of society.