What Would You Do? – April 11, 2016

Scenario: Matt was working in the pharmacy.There were three labels for Spiriva but only two inhalers on the shelf. The pharmacist at the hospital turned to Matt and asked him pick two patients randomly. Is this unethical?

If you were in this situation, “What would YOU do?”

Answer: Matt refused to pick randomly and insisted the pharmacist look at the patient cases and determine which two needed the medication more. Then they consulted with the remaining patient’s provider to determine the best alternative medication for this patient.

Take Away: Many times there are drug shortages and you need to be able to, as a pharmacist, determine the most appropriate allocation of certain medications. It is your responsibility as a health care professional not to take the easy route and be the best advocate for the patient.