COP Governing Statue Number 2 American Pharmacists Association Code of Ethics

Members of the community of California Health Sciences University's ("University") College of Pharmacy ("COP") shall abide by the American Pharmacists Association's ("APhA") Code of Ethics ("APhA Code"), as that code may be change over time. The APhA Code is re-stated below. To the extent the APhA makes modifications to the APhA Code, such changes are to be deemed incorporated below. Nothing in this document is intended to modify the University's Code of Conduct applicable to all members of the University community, including those members who are part of the COP. All members of the COP community are also expected to abide by the University's Code of Ethical Conduct.

I. Code of Ethics Pharmacists* 


Pharmacists are health professionals who assist individuals in making the best use of medications. This Code, prepared and supported by pharmacists, is intended to state publicly the principles that form the fundamental basis of the roles and responsibilities of pharmacists. These principles, based on moral obligations and virtues, are established to guide pharmacists in relationships with patients, health professionals, and society.

II. A Pharmacist Respects the Covenantal Relationship Between the Patient and Pharmacist

Considering the patient-pharmacist relationship as a covenant means that a pharmacist has moral obligations in response to the gift of trust received from society. In return for this gift, a pharmacist promises to help individuals achieve optimum benefit from their medications, to be committed to their welfare, and to maintain their trust. 

III. A Pharmacist Promotes the Good in Every Patient in a Caring, Compassionate, and Confidential Manner

A pharmacist places concern for the well-being of the patient at the center of professional practice. In doing so, a pharmacist considers needs stated by the patient as well as those defined by health science. A pharmacist is dedicated to protecting the dignity of the patient. With a caring attitude and a compassionate spirit, a pharmacist focuses on serving the patient in a private and confidential manner.

IV. A Pharmacist Respects the Autonomy and Dignity of Each Family 

A pharmacist promotes the right of self-determination and recognizes individual self-worth by encouraging patients to participate in decisions about their health. A pharmacist communicates with patients in terms that are understandable. In all cases, a pharmacist respects personal and cultural differences among patients.

V. A Pharmacist Acts with Honesty and Integrity in Professional Relationships 

A pharmacist has a duty to tell the truth and to act with conviction of conscience. A pharmacist avoids discriminatory practices, behavior or work conditions that impair professional judgment, and actions that compromise dedication to the best interests of patients.

VI. A Pharmacist Maintains Professional Competence 

A pharmacist has a duty to maintain knowledge and abilities as new medications, devices, and technologies become available and as health information advances.

VII. A Pharmacist Respects the Values and Abilities of Colleagues and Other Health Professionals 

When appropriate, a pharmacist asks for the consultation of colleagues or other health professionals or refers the patient. A pharmacist acknowledges that colleagues and other health professionals may differ in the beliefs and values they apply to the care of the patient.

VIII. A Pharmacist Serves Individual, Community, and Societal Needs

The primary obligation of a pharmacist is to individual patients. However, the obligations of a pharmacist may at times extend beyond the individual to the community and society. In these situations, the pharmacist recognizes the responsibilities that accompany these obligations and acts accordingly.

IX. A Pharmacist Seeks Justice in the Distribution of Health Resources 

When health resources are allocated, a pharmacist is fair and equitable, balancing the needs of patients and society.

*adopted by the membership of the American Pharmacists Association October 27, 1994.