PHAR6778 Law In Pharmacy Practice


How does the law establish boundaries between the rights and wider interests of individuals and those of larger populations?

What is the best way for health care professionals, including pharmacists prescribing advisers, to balance their ethical obligations towards individual patients with their mandates to adhere to budgets and meet government priority targets?


Regulators that regulate the health and pharmaceutical sectors have many issues.

One of the most important was reported cash difficulties by the National Health Service by the Pharmaceutical Journal.

Some regulations require that certain medical services be paid for while others are free.

This can lead to expensive drugs like Herceptin not being available to all patients.

Laws are meant to establish boundaries between individualistic rights, and the collective interests of the population.

The government usually provides medical services for the population.

While there are many criteria a government could use to determine need, the most significant one is the one used by Steven et al. (2017, 721).

It is crucial to determine if a particular service should be provided.

The increasing demand for medical attention is a reason why it is important that the government provides health care to its citizens.

The journal stated that the Labour government had made a promise to provide medical services according to their needs.

Unfortunately, leaders fail in their promises which is why the country’s poor health and the lack of tight policies to regulate medicine production, sales, and availability, as well as medical needs, are a result.

The creation of the National Health Service appeared to be a saving grace, particularly when it stated its duties.

It is not possible to see what is happening in real-life from what is in the manifesto or its mandate.

The result was disillusionment among staff members and managers, and they are now responsible.

While many citizens blame medical institutions in their failures, there are policymakers who do not know the long-term consequences of their decisions.

An examination of the National Health Service Act will reveal that while individuals may have the ability to control an institution or authority and make laws to govern them, these laws can have a negative effect on the provision of services. (Rennie, et al. 2018, 18).

For example, the Secretary for State for Health was empowered and has the duty to make promotions in the comprehensive healthcare services sector.

Legally rationed health services were established to ensure that comprehensive service provision is possible.

Finance is also an important consideration.

When there is sufficient funding, institutions can run. This will increase service delivery.

All health boards and primary care trusts must adhere to a budget in order to fulfill their duties (Nazar, et al. 2018, 7106).

The National Health Service was established to offer affordable healthcare to people with limited access to health care.

This avoids the problem of service inequality.

This body is responsible for providing expert assessment and technical assistance, particularly in the area of administration of drugs and treatments.

Priorities are important, especially when ethical considerations come into play.

Al- Omran (2018) 5: In certain cases funds are allocated for medical services that treat certain diseases like cancer. However, other issues are ignored (Al Omran, 2018 5).

This causes one to think about whether priority should be given to certain areas of medicine.

This makes no sense.

It is sometimes a question of whether blanket bans on certain policies or medications solve problems, or create solutions.

One example is the North Stoke Primary Care Trust, which stopped funding Herceptin to treat breast cancer.

This was because the drug was not yet licensed. However, it could solve a problem.

In this instance, ethics is a key issue.

There are two aspects to this question: first, whether people’s lives should be at risk in order to make policies more effective.

The second is whether it is prudent for doctors to exercise their duties by opposing these policies (Middleton (2018) 5).

Even though money has been set aside for certain obligations, it does not guarantee that the funds will be used in the way they were intended.

So that services can be provided, policies must consider the needs of the people.

But policies may sometimes hinder the delivery of services. (Jepson (2018) 05).

Some life-saving medications may be banned because they aren’t licensed.

Exorbitant drug prices sometimes prevent essential drugs from being available.

Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of medical services.

To do this, policies must be developed regarding the regulation of medical expenses.

Allocating resources must be done with human values in mind.

To ensure that all individuals have equal access to health services, rationing and unfriendly policies should be stopped (Salter & Micallef 2017 12).

It is important to consider morals when resources are distributed.

Some members of the public are discriminated against or marginalized due to their political and social affiliations. This results in an unequal distribution of resources.

Respecting medical and pharmaceutical ethics will result in equal provision of medical resources across the country. (Hajjar and al., 2017).

Therefore, policymakers need to ensure that equal opportunities are seen and felt by all citizens.

It is important to consider rights as well as the need to serve people’s needs.

Last but not least, resources should always be allocated in line with the needs of the ground.

This ensures that the services provided to those who have greater needs are equal for all.

This will help ensure that equal service delivery is achieved, meeting the National Medical Service goals.

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