Legal and Ethical Challenges
This is the case of a pharmacist working at a small community hospital who placed a request concerning Conscientious Objection based on his religious beliefs. One of the main functions of a pharmacist is to dispense medications. Harry Rogers chose to be a pharmacist prior to his religious conversion and now finds that his new beliefs are conflicting with his duties when it comes to abortion drugs. At the same time, he explicitly pointed out that he cannot fill prescriptions for a physician that performs abortions.
The statement can be perceived as discriminatory in nature and it can potentially develop into an organizational ethical dilemma that can affect ...view middle of the document...
Case Complication Issues
Based on the Conscientious Objection clause and in accordance to his ethical and moral convictions, the pharmacist has the right to refuse dispensing the medication. Based on patient rights, the patient has the right to request the medication at the hospital pharmacy. And the physician that performs abortions has the right to order the medications to be filled at the hospital pharmacy.
The issue is that the organization’s responsibility is to accommodate the patient, the doctor, as well as the pharmacist.
The conscience objection clause, “gives pharmacists the right to refuse to perform certain services based on a violation of personal beliefs or values” (NCSL, 2012) protects the pharmacist’s rights. On the other hand, one must take into account the patient and physician’s rights in which the principle of autonomy can be violated.
The principle of autonomy recognizes the right of a person “to make his or her own decisions about what is best for himself or herself” (Pozgar, 2009). It is also the right of the patient to receive health care services with respect in a compassionate and timely manner (Pozgar, 2010).
Impact in the Organization
The organization has to come up with initiatives and a strategic plan to accommodate the patient, the employee, and the physician. However, patients’ rights should be the paramount and must be accommodated first. Also the organization can be impacted if the...