Every Physician is aware of the responsibilities of a pharmacist; one of those independent responsibilities is to make sure the medication he or she distributes out of their pharmacies is legitimate, but what happens when the pharmacists begin to play physician? Many pharmacists believe it is their civil duty to insure patients are treated efficiently, and of course there is nothing wrong with caring for the well being of another person, let alone a patient in your pharmacy. When the line is crossed and pharmacists start to question the ethics and decision the doctor has made to ensure his or her patients are receiving the correct health care, conflict occurs, not only between pharmacy and physician, now the medical board is involved.
Imagine waking every day knowing you spend 8+ years studying for your current career only to get questioned and harassed for doing what you believe and what science has proven. Doctors all around the United States are required by law to understand all medical treatments in their discipline of studies. To receive a medical license one does not only complete the proper schooling, they are also put in front of the entire medical board, they are examined and tested on his or her intelligence in the correct field of study. With this being said, is it wise for the pharmacists to be questioning the physicians? Ultimately, it leads back to the medical license authority who gave the physician the license to practice in the first place. If there is doubt about a physician's practice then the accountability should lie on the medical license authority, the one who gave the okay for the physician to practice on the public in the first place.
Although pharmacists may seem skeptical of certain medications a patient is receiving from his or her doctor, is it really in their best judgment to determine whether or not it is the correct medication for that certain person? As stated before it is their responsibility to make sure the patients’ prescriptions are legitimate, this can be easily achieved by a simple phone call to the patients’ physician to ensure that everything is correct. Pharmacists do not have the right to interfere with the physician’s decisions on how to treat his or her patients. If the patient feels as if the doctor he or she is seeing is ineffective in their treatment, then it is their decision to find a new physician that can suit their needs better. When the phone call is received and the doctor has assured the pharmacists that the patients medications are indeed correct then the pharmacist should have no reason not to fill the prescription.
It is very clear pharmacists went to school for a career in pharmaceuticals, not schooling for a career as a doctor. What needs to happen is pharmacists need to stop questioning the authority and intelligence that the physician has in their particular field of study. When the clarification of the medication is ensured, the patient, who now had to go without, and physician, should be left alone. After that there is no particular reason to contact the medical board. If the medical board does decide to interfere with the particular situation they should first examine and question themselves, as they gave the physician the right to practice on the public in the first place. That is to say they have gave the right for a potentially harmful physician to practice on women, men and children of the public in the first place. The medical board needs to ensure that the physicians they are placing among the public are in fact there for the patients and peoples' well being, not to harm them.