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Individual Ethics Case Study (Jerry Mccall)

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Individual Ethics Case Study (Jerry McCall)
Jerry McCall cannot legally or ethically justify refilling the patient’s last minute valium request and by doing so will set himself and his employer (Dr. Williams) up for possible legal and or civil ramifications. Jerry does have several suitable alternative courses of action he can pursue in an effort to solve the patient’s medical dilemma. These types of medicine refill issues occur routinely and it would be surprising if Dr. Williams didn’t have an office procedure already outlined for Jerry to follow, clearly written out in an SOP.
Obviously the patient is pressuring Mr. McCall with societal reasons to break the ...view middle of the document...

Jerry needs to take the legally correct and morally strong stance by politely attempting to find an acceptable solution such as contacting another physician, one that would normally fill-in while Dr. Williams is on vacation or sick leave. Not a likely solution because nowadays most doctors are hesitant to prescribe a controlled substance without seeing the patient first, and lack of time is an issue in this situation. Pharmacists will sometimes dispense one dosage of a controlled substance if the patient presents the bottle at the originating pharmacy. Jerry could call the patient’s pharmacist, explain the unique situation, and there is the possibility the pharmacist would give one dose. If the patient needed an emergency refill of a medication for a condition such as high blood pressure most states have laws allowing pharmacies to dispense these life enabling medications for short durations with discretion. Jerry does not have this option, but a licensed pharmacist does. For instance “Texas Pharmacy Act, Occupations Code, Subchapter J. Sec. 562.054, Emergency Refills” allows a pharmacist to use “professional judgment” and dispense up to a 72 hour supply as long as the...

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