Organised by the FIP Expert Group on Ethics, in collaboration with FIP’s Hospital Pharmacy Section and the YPG
Today in health care, patients’ entitlement to respect for their dignity and self-determination is paramount. In some countries, the limits or boundaries to self-determination have been extended to include the right to stop taking medicines (causing death) or even euthanasia (e.g. physician-assisted suicide). This can be a confronting issue for some pharmacists, particularly in providing medicines for the purpose of euthanasia and other related healthcare practices, when such practices are against their moral beliefs and/or cultural sensitivities. Most countries have a “conscientious objection” clause for pharmacists to opt out if needed. However, it is not always clear how that may be enacted in practice.
This session will explore pharmacists’ rights and duties in the context of conscientious objection and will inform the astute pharmacist about best practice recommendations from around the world. This will allow him or her to reflect on the place of self-determined moral values and his or her role in the professional conduct of health care.
09:00 – 09:10 Introduction by the chairs
10:20 – 10:40 Coffee/tea break
11:50 – 11:55 Conclusion by the chairs
11:55 – 12:00 Room refresh
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
Type of session: Application-based