The Ethical Practice of Pharmacy

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Pharmacy Technicians

Intended Audience
Pharmacy Technicians

ACPE Universal Activity Number 
Pharmacist: 0012-9999-16-099-H04-P
Pharmacy Technicians: 0012-9999-16-099-H04-T

Brian A. Kahan, R.Ph., J.D.
Stacy L Carson, PharmD
Paige Louzon May, PharmD., BCOP
Christopher Powers, PharmD

CE Hours


Dates Available

Activity Type



This 5 module program is designed to educate pharmacists and pharmacy technicians about the relationship between pharmaceutical ethics and the practice of pharmacy. The subjects reviewed include, but are not limited to: the history and evolution of the Code of Ethics; the relationship between ethics, morality and the law; HIPAA; conscience clauses; cultural competency; and the critical thinking necessary to make better, ethical decisions. The presentation concludes with a variety of case studies combining the material covered in all of the 5 modules.



  • Explain the evolution of the pharmacy profession and the origination of professional code of conduct.
  • Describe key practices related to the code of ethics for pharmacists.
  • Discuss differences between ethics, morals, and law.
  • Describe the principles of autonomy fidelity, veracity, beneficence, non-maleficence, justice, informed consent, conflict of interest, and confidentiality in relation to the ethical practice of pharmacy.
  • Explain the key principles of HIPPA, PHI and identify the clinical situations which support meaningful use.
  • Discuss ethical practice, personal values and beliefs, and conscience clause.
  • Recognize the growing importance of cultural competence and how this relates to ethical practice principles.
  • Describe three ethical theories and identify how application of theories may impact clinical decisions related to ethical dilemmas.
  • Identify and discuss best practices for pharmacists to practice ethically.

Pharmacy Technicians:

  • List historical events leading to the development of a code of ethics for the practice of pharmacy.
  • Discuss the code of ethics for pharmacy technicians.
  • Explain the similarities and differences of ethics, morals, and law.
  • Define autonomy fidelity, veracity, beneficence, non-maleficence, justice, informed consent, conflict of interest, and confidentiality.
  • Explain the role of the pharmacy technician in ensuring pharmacy compliance with HIPPA and PHI.
  • Identify mechanisms to increase cultural competence to ensure ethical treatment of patients.
  • Identify and discuss best practices for pharmacy technicians to practice ethically.

Course Completion Requirements

Must pass the exam with a score of at least 70%, and complete course evaluation. The University of Florida College of Pharmacy will report CPE credit to CPE Monitor and CE Broker when applicable. If you would like a paper statement of credit, you may print it from your NABP e-profile.


This course received no outside funding support.

Computer Requirements

Supported Browsers: Because it’s built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser. Canvas supports the most recent versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 10 and 11
  • Chrome 42 and 43
  • Safari 7 and 8
  • Firefox 37 and 38 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 16 and 17 (for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser(supporting the latest system requirements)

Required Components: Flash is required in several places in Canvas: media recording/streaming and viewing as well as uploading files to a course or an assignment. Other than these features, Flash is not required to use most areas of Canvas. The Java plug-in is required for screen sharing in Conferences.

Internet Connection: A broadband Internet connection is strongly recommended. Slower connections should still be able to access e-Learning, but will take longer to load. A wired Ethernet connection is more dependable for test-taking than a wireless connection. Special Note about Satellite service: Some users with satellite Internet service may find their online courses do not load quickly or consistently due to satellite network design issues.


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