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]
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.
Pseudoephedrine primer: Federal and state regulations
Federal and state laws impose limits on the amount of pseudoephedrine a person may buy and a pharmacy may sell. Your state's limits may be more strict than the limits imposed by the feds.
A HIPAA violation, a $1.8 million verdict, and three takeaways
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The probable is not pharmacist glut. The problem is underused pharmacists.
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A pharmacist's failure to counsel can result in severe, life-changing consequences for the patient.
Apology laws and the ethics of saying “I’m sorry”
In 36 states, a pharmacist's apology will not be construed as an admission of liability. In the other states, it's a different story.
Multilingual drug labels required?
Patients should decide how a pharmacy can best communicate with patients. And they can use a very American way to make their feelings known.
Opioids prescriptions: Are pharmacists waving white flags?
Pharmacists dealing with Rxs for controlled substances have their lists of red flags and greens flags. Are they now showing the white flag, as well?
A pharmacist’s real job: The art and ethics of communications
Patients must be taught what their meds mean and why they're taking them. That's a job for the pharmacist.
Diversion of opioids: Red flags and green flags
Things aren't as simple as the DEA would have us believe.

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