Posted by: Sophie Khatib18 DEC 2012
So, apparently a few pharmacists have been selling POMs and CDs over the counter with sildenafil, diazepam and morphine liquid being amongst them.
As an eager, excited and optimistic 4th year pharmacy student, I was shocked to read that some people have not only risked their careers by doing this, but also put patient’s health at risk and undermined the whole basis of the profession. I am working really, really hard for my career and will continue to do so once I have graduated because it is something I am passionate about and something that I believe in. I would not even contemplate carrying out the things that these pharmacists did and can’t imagine how it would cross anyone’s mind. Let’s hope that we do not end up in a place where pharmacists cannot be trusted and more paperwork, say registers for a wider variety of drugs, are introduced which result in each and every pharmacist has less and less time to spend with patients and more time filling in these forms and registers. I can’t predict if anything will come of this, but surely it sets some sort of precedent – let’s hope it doesn’t restrict the rest of the pharmacy world from doing a fabulous job.
Now I know that there are minorities in every profession, some people that don’t have the same ethical and moral obligations as the majority, but when these actions are sensationalised and broadcast to the public, it puts ALL pharmacists in the firing line. Whether or not the public voice these opinions, I can guess that some of the trust in the profession will be lost thanks to these select few that have decided they are higher than the law. I know a lot of people that are already qualified pharmacists that work incredibly hard in their own fields, putting a lot of time and energy into raising the profile of pharmacy and allowing the public to put their trust in us. Not long ago, I read something about pharmacists being ranked the 2nd highest profession in a poll judging honesty, as viewed by the public. Is that now misplaced? Or perceived to be misplaced? It takes an awful lot to instil confidence and only a few individuals to knock it down completely.
It’s a good job there are some amazing pharmacists out there that work wonders and help the public to see what hardworking, honest, trustworthy and essential we are as a profession. Keep up the good work!!