Pharmacists and Industry: Guidelines for Ethical Interactions

American College of Clinical Pharmacy


Pharmacotherapy. 2008;28(3):410-420. 

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Guideline 1

As health care professionals responsible for managing drug therapy, the welfare of patients should be the pharmacist's primary concern in all aspects of pharmacy practice, including interactions with industry.

Pharmacists should act with honesty and integrity in all professional relationships to fulfill their responsibilities as described in article IV of the pharmacists' code of ethics.[6] The culture of honesty and integrity is important to the success of the profession of Pharmacy. As a valued member of the health care team, pharmacists should apply their knowledge, experience, and skills to ensure optimal drug therapy outcomes and thereby improve the quality of life of the patients they serve. In addition, pharmacists should manage products and services in a fiscally responsible manner in order to provide cost effective quality health care.[7,8,9]


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