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]
Diversion of opioids: Red flags and green flags
Things aren't as simple as the DEA would have us believe.
When government calls the shots: Pharmacists and pain management
An overly aggressive government is making a tough job tougher, but the pharmacist's first ethical concern must be for the patient.
Making ethics work: Manage your counseling time
All patients’ needs are not equal. The trick is finding the ones who need your services the most.
The ethics of a “Just Culture”
The primary ethical obligation of a pharmacist is to avoid harm by filling each prescription correctly. For this reason, pharmacies, pharmacy organizations, and boards of pharmacy have adopted and espoused the principles of continuous quality improvement.
The ethical virtues of loyalty and trustworthiness in pharmacy
Even with inadequate help and pressure from above, the pharmacist must always put the patient first
The good of every patient
Effective communication is the keystone of pharmacy ethics in daily practice
Ethics and pain
A new bimonthly column from Ken Baker looks at ethical decision-making in pharmacy.
A tragic lesson in risk management
The fungal meningitis outbreak can serve as a reminder of the need for risk management.
Will requiring CQI by law actually reduce errors?
Medication errors can't be completely eliminated, but can CQI programs keep them to a minimum?