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That is just basic stuff and was supposed to be implicit in my statement.

Nice back pedaling, there.



Your statement was: There is nothing remotely unethical about filling any legitimate prescription.


See those words I've bolded? You've pretty much excluded the scenario I painted by the use of these words. You left out any possibility of "implicit" by the use of those words.

The prescription was legitimate. It is not for the pharmacist to decide which is more important, Drug A or Drug B. Both 'scrips are valid. Still the pharmacist has an ethical decision to make.

I guess my metapoint is this: "any" and "nothing" need to be avoided in topics such as this.


I don't believe any backpedaling took place at all. I think you are assuming the existence of an "ethical" question where none exists. I don't imagine anyone believes any pharmacist is faced with a moral quandary when he/she becomes aware in the course of discharging his/her professional duties that the various drugs prescribed to a particular patient could, when combined and taken as directed, cause a harmful result. What pharmacist would have to think about such a thing at all? Do you imagine a druggist calling his priest and asking "If I dispense these two medications then the patient will die. What should I do?" To do otherwise than decline to immediately fill the prescription would be not mere negligence but a conscious decision to do harm. There is not an "ethical" objection to filling the prescription, because there is no real choice to be made. It may seem like I am splitting hairs here, but I believe the distinction between "ethical" questions and "professional" questions is an important one. So I think the poster to whom you are replying was absolutely correct in his assertion.
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