3rd Edition

Essentials of Law and Ethics for Pharmacy Technicians

By Kenneth M. Strandberg Copyright 2012
    186 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As the practice of modern medicine becomes more and more pharmacology dependent, the role of pharmacy technicians is becoming more complex. This is true in terms of the medications they are required to deliver, as well as the legal responsibilities and ethical considerations that come with administering those medicines.

    Essentials of Law and Ethics for Pharmacy Technicians, now in its Third Edition, is designed specifically to provide technicians with the legal and ethical information they need to perform their jobs with absolute confidence. It covers all U.S. federal laws regarding pharmacy practice as well as other laws and regulations and their applicability to pharmacy technicians. It also addresses current issues such as herbal medications, privacy laws and rules, and drug pedigree. A unique section on ethics offers extensive discussion points and cases. Appendices provide extensive information on practice regulation in all states.

    Fully revised to address the latest procedural, ethical, and technological developments in this rapidly changing field, this third edition of a bestseller has been edited for clarity and provides a wealth of new material, including a new appendix on the legal status of electronic transmission of prescriptions. It covers the latest in state and federal regulations pertaining to the administration of new medications, including birth control and the morning-after pill, as well as new regulations on over-the-counter label claims.

    An essential resource for students and practicing technicians, this reference brings together the information that pharmacy technicians need to practice in a manner that is both legal and ethical.


    What’s New in this Edition:

    • Updated information on over-the-counter label claims
    • Updated sections on drug samples and the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005
    • New sections on drug pedigrees and United States Pharmacopoeia Chapter 797
    • Expanded discussion of state rules and ethics regarding dispensing the morning-after pill and birth control medications
    • New appendix on the legal status of electronic transmission of prescriptions

    Pedagogical Features:

    • Offers end-of-chapter discussion questions and examples
    • Contains a chapter on ethics with discussion points and cases
    • Presents information in an easy-to-read format

    The legal system in the United States
    Overview and objectives
    Legislation, regulation, and interpretation
    Criminal versus civil law
    Sample questions for student review

    History and development of current law
    Overview and objectives
    Into the twentieth century
    Sample questions for student review

    Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938
    Overview and objectives
    Drug samples
    Investigational new drugs
    New drug applications
    The Drug Price Competition and Patent-Term Restoration Act of 1984
    The Orphan Drug Act of 1983
    Prescribing requirements and restrictions
    Dispensing requirements and restrictions
    Drug pedigrees
    Sample questions for student review

    Federal Controlled Substance Act of 1970
    Overview and objectives
    Control schedules
    Obtaining controlled substances
    Record keeping
    Prescribing requirements and restrictions
    Fax requirements and restrictions
    Dispensing requirements and restrictions
    Reporting theft
    Sample questions for student review

    Other pertinent federal legislation
    Overview and objectives
    The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act
    The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act
    The United States Pharmacopoeia/Chapter 797 Guidelines
    Sample questions for student review

    Ethics theory and application
    Overview and objectives
    The development of pharmaceutical ethical considerations
    Code of ethics background and progression
    Pharmacy — a respected tradition
    Pharmacy-related relationships
    Communicating professionally in an information age
    Patient’s rights
    Modern controversial issues
    Sample questions for student review

    Appendix 1: Addresses and websites of board of pharmacy executives
    Appendix 2: Addresses and websites of pertinent pharmacy organizations
    Appendix 3: List of accredited pharmacy technician programs
    Appendix 4: Sample DEA forms
    Appendix 5: Legal standing of pharmacy technicians
    Appendix 6: Legal status of fax prescriptions
    Appendix 7: Legal status of electronic transmission of prescriptions
    Appendix 8: Who has prescribing authority



    Kenneth M. Strandberg is the program director of the Pharmacy Technician Program at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota, a position he has held since 1994. This program has certificate and associate degree options, both available via on-campus and distance-learning options (both paper-based and web-based). Since 1988, he has also been an adjunct professor of pharmacy practice at North Dakota State University in Fargo and an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks. He retired as the pharmacy department manager at a Veterans Administration hospital and clinic, and is now the associate director for scientific applications at Cetero Research, a pharmaceutical research firm. He received his BS in pharmacy in 1974 and MBA in 1984, both from North Dakota State University.

    Erin E. Miller is a pharmacy resident at a Veterans Affairs hospital and clinic. She received her Pharm.D. in 2010 from North Dakota State University. She is a member of the American Pharmacists Association and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and an alumna of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.

    Praise for previous editions:

    "I highly recommend this book to pharmacy technician educators, as it is an excellent reference guide. The book also gives information that is helpful in lectures. The author’s purpose for the book—to provide information aimed directly at the pharmacy technician—has been met in an easy-to-read and understandable format."

    —Judith Neville, Program Director, Vatterott College, in Pharmacy Technology, Nov/Dec 2007, Vol. 23