Oath of a Pharmacist

Oath of a Pharmacist


The revised Oath was adopted by the AACP House of Delegates in July 2007 and has been approved by the American Pharmacists Association. AACP member institutions should plan to use the revised Oath of a Pharmacist during the 2008-09 academic year and with spring 2009 graduates.

“I promise to devote myself to a lifetime of service to others through the profession of pharmacy. In fulfilling this vow:

  • I will consider the welfare of humanity and relief of suffering my primary concerns.
  • I will apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal outcomes for my patients.
  • I will respect and protect all personal and health information entrusted to me.
  • I will accept the lifelong obligation to improve my professional knowledge and competence.
  • I will hold myself and my colleagues to the highest principles of our profession’s moral, ethical and legal conduct.
  • I will embrace and advocate changes that improve patient care.
  • I will utilize my knowledge, skills, experiences, and values to prepare the next generation of pharmacists.

I take these vows voluntarily with the full realization of the responsibility with which I am entrusted by the public.”

This comes from the American Pharmacist Association https://www.pharmacist.com/  who claims to represent about 62,000 licensed pharmacists – about 20% of all licensed pharmacists – and founded in 1852, is the first-established professional society of pharmacists within the United States https://www.pharmacist.com/.

I would what would happen if all pts that got a “I’m not comfortable” or just out right denial of having their prescriptions filled.. or some other bogus reason/excuse.  If the pt file a complaint with the state board of pharmacy of unprofessional conduct based on their failure to honor the first “bullet point” of the Oath of a Pharmacist ?  I will consider the welfare of humanity and relief of suffering my primary concerns

“suffering” should not just be “pain” but any/all mental/physical suffering, which should cover at least most all of the subjective diseases.



3 Responses

  1. The way I see it is that I am NOT the pharmacist’s patient, I am the doctor’s patient. I am the pharmacist’s customer and expect to be treated as an intelligent, responsible adult. I’ve done service/support my lifelong, I know what good service is and I don’t do business with those who don’t.

  2. Im glad you posted this..

    • Sorry Im using an antique laptop n at times it does what it wants,regardless of what I want,,lol Before this crashes completely I was wondering if the Doctors “oath” they also take mean anything anymore? I think the only ones following the Dr.s oath are the ones sadly being raided by the mafia I mean the DEA. Maybe Im to old but I believe if you take an oath no matter what profession,you would stand by that oath and believe in it,;like you believe in yourself
      Glad this was posted “Food for thought”

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