Kenneth R. Baker, BS Pharm, JD
These articles are not intended as legal advice and should not be used as such. When a legal question arises, the pharmacist should consult with an attorney familiar with pharmacy law in his or her state. Ken Baker is a pharmacist and an attorney. He teaches ethics at the Glendale, Arizona, campus of Midwestern University, and risk management for the University of Florida. He consults in the areas of pharmacy error reduction, communication, and risk management. Mr. Baker is an attorney of counsel with the Arizona law firm of Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA. E-mail at [email protected]
First Do No Harm
The tools for improving quality are available to almost every pharmacist and pharmacy technician, whose job is to make the system work. But this may be the weakness in pharmacy’s march to quality.
Incidental Use and Disclosure of HIPAA Information
When a pharmacy learns of a HIPAA breach, it, and its business associates involved in the breach, are required to report the incident to the government. But not all violations are reportable and may not be considered a breach.
An Obligation to Society
In the U.S., it is estimated that we, as society, spend, an average of $484 billion each year on abuse and addition. And the most addictive drugs are medications obtained from a pharmacy.
A lesson in prospective drug review: What is your job?
What is the pharmacist’s duty? This case history may shed some light.
The dilemma of Molly’s mom: Pharmacists, technicians respond
In some professions, eternal vigilance comes with the territory.
The stroke that shouldn't have been
The stroke that shouldn't have been
Molly’s mom had a stroke, followed by hospitalization and weeks of rehabilitation. None of it had to happen.
Can pharmacists be sued for doing their jobs?
Can pharmacists be sued for doing their jobs?
Pharmacists are drug specialists. If their duty is to use their knowledge in service to patients, can they be sued for speaking up?
The power of Total Quality Management
Even in the best of circumstances, mistakes happen. CQI can keep them from becoming medication errors that reach the patients.
Should boards of pharmacy set hourly dispensing quotas?
Remember the "POGO" comic strip? "We have met the enemy and he is us." According to Ken Baker, it's kind of like that.
The pharmacist’s calling is to educate patients
Today’s pharmacist is much more than a healthcare professional who oversees the distribution of drugs. Pharmacists can be and often are the patient’s first-line healthcare educator and risk manager.

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