What Would You Do? – February 29, 2016

Scenario: A father comes into the pharmacy to pick up his prescriptions. He asks the pharmacist if there are any medications to pick up for his family. You notice his 13 year-old daughter is on a birth control medication. Would you dispense the medication to her father?

If you were in this situation, “What Would YOU Do?”

Resolution: In this situation, the pharmacist did not dispense the medication. Later, when the daughter came into pick up the medication, the pharmacist asked if they were allowed to dispense the medication to other family members and put a note in her profile.

Take-away: Pharmacists deal with very personal information. It is against the law to disclose any patient protected information to individuals who are not permitted to have it. When in doubt, hold the medication and verify with the patient.