Pharm 511: Community Outreach Service Winter Quarter 2009 Debate Topics Topic Background Debate Positions 1. Role of The majority of pharmacists who a. Argue that it’s OK to let other advocacy are in school and the majority of people get involved, but not you. those who graduate from pharmacy school do not become engaged in b. Argue that it’s Not OK to NOT professional advocacy efforts. get involved in professional advocacy 2. Professional Many people would argue that a. Argue why its OK that these voice pharmacists have given up too corporations take the burden off much of their professional voice your back when they are employed by large b. Argue why these corporations corporations. do not represent you, your profession and your patient’s best interests 3. Pharmacist’s More people know the name of a. Argue that it’s not really name their hairdresser than those who important and that it’s OK because know the name of their pharmacist. pharmacists don’t have the time. b. Argue that it’s critically important to have your patients know your name. 4. Personal beliefs Some pharmacists will not dispense a. Argue that pharmacists have the some legal, clinically appropriate right to refuse these medications medications because they feel these even if not dispensing them may medications violate their personal cause harm to the patient beliefs. b. Argue that the patient’s needs outweigh the pharmacists’ right to refuse 5. Setting Sometimes when a pharmacist a. Argue that this is the standard of boundaries can’t help a patient (i.e. closing up care in pharmacy and why it’s OK at end of day, out of stock, etc.) the b. Argue that this is not OK pharmacist/tech just tells the patient that they can’t help them and tells the patient to come back another day or to look elsewhere. 6. Choosing a Sometimes low-income, elderly, a. Argue that this is just the way “customer” base mentally challenged, non-English- things are and why business speaking or some other group of success depends on courting the pharmacy customers are “frowned better paying, more capable upon” by pharmacists customer. b. Argue that this is not OK and how you’re going to change this. 7. Role of PhRMA PhRMA (the drug manufacturer’s a. Argue that this is a good thing lobbying group) often financially and brings needed support to these supports patient advocacy groups. organizations b. Argue that this is not a good thing and why 8. MTM services MTM services are being touted as a a. Argue why the majority of great opportunity for pharmacists pharmacists do not get engaged in and their patients. these services and why you are not going to get involved b. Argue why this is not acceptable and how you will make pharmacists begin to provide MTM services. 9. Third class of Behind the counter medications, a. Argue why this would be good drugs the so called 3rd class of drugs, is for patients and pharmacy being explored again by the FDA b. Argue why this is not such a good idea 10. Medications to WA state has voted to allow certain a. Argue why a pharmacist should end life patients to acquire medications to participate in this process end their life. b. Argue why a pharmacist should not participate 11. Interpersonal Interpersonal violence (IPV) affects a. Argue why pharmacists should violence one out of 4 women and 1 out of 8 be involved in screening patients men. for IPV in their pharmacy practices and community health screening events b. Argue why providing this unpaid service is not feasible for pharmacists/pharmacies 12. Personal You’ve been asked to take on a a. You just want to put in your 8 business manager’s position at your place of hours a day filling prescriptions boundaries work. and go home. Argue to your district manager why this is OK b. Argue why taking on this position will be good for your pharmacy, your profession and your patients. 13. Community You’ve been encouraged to a. Argue why and how this could service volunteer at a community advocacy be an great opportunity to provide service center that doesn’t provide patient and pharmacy advocacy or promote healthcare services. b. Argue why it would be better for pharmacy and for patients to only focus on healthcare advocacy organizations 14. Changing You have provided basic, quick a. Argue patients will appreciate behaviors dispensing services to your patients ad benefit from this new service for quite some time, you have now be asked to initiate a new MTM b. Argue that patients will be service that will involve offended by this new relationship interventions concerning your and will reject your efforts to patients’ late refills police your prescriptions.
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