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3rd Edition

Essentials of Law and Ethics for Pharmacy Technicians

ISBN 9781439853153
Published July 26, 2011 by Routledge
186 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Table of Contents

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


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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