Formal Writing This essay should consider how the following contribute to your thesis: What precise obligations/duties does a medical physician have towards an adult client who wants a prescription for Plan B? That is, what is the doctor’s professional relationship to the client, and what duties apply if the client requests a particular service?
What is the professional relationship between pharmacist and client, and what precise obligations/duties does a pharmacist have towards an adult client who has a prescription for Plan B and wants the prescription filled? What is the professional relationship between the prescribing physician and the pharmacist? Your thesis must address this question: Suppose the year is 2012 and emergency contraceptives (so-called “Plan B”) require a prescription, and suppose the pharmacist has a strong moral objection to Plan B. Does the pharmacist’s professional autonomy justify the pharmacist’s refusal of service to a client? In order to defend your answer, prepare the reader by answering the following questions:
Do a physician and client have a fiduciary relationship, rather than an agency relationship or paternalistic relationship? Do a pharmacist and client have a fiduciary relationship, rather than an agency relationship or paternalistic relationship? You should draw from the material in the assigned readings to develop this part of your paper. If you are having difficulty in understanding how a pharmacist has a fiduciary relationship, look at the box at the bottom of this page. You may want to consider these questions in the process of defending your thesis: Why does someone other than the pharmacist create the prescription? Why are some drugs and medicines by prescription, while others are over-the-counter? What kind of relationship does a pharmacist have if they refuse to fill a client’s prescription because they don’t approve of it? At the draft stage of this assignment, I suggest you concentrate on the part where you prepare your reader with an explanation of the fiduciary relationship between physicians and their clients and between pharmacists and their clients, and how this differs from agency and paternalistic relationships.