Essay on Ethics Case Study

818 Words Jul 1st, 2012 4 Pages
Ethics Case Study
Angela Gentile
HCS/335
May 21, 2012
Claudia Unrein

This paper is on an ethics case study, I will first explain the case study, and address why the person involved is not qualified to refill prescription medication. Also does it matter if the medication is on a daily need bases, and will that person be protected from a lawsuit? All these questions will be answered, so let me give you a little background on the case and some definition that might help you understand the circumstances.
“Case Study: Jerry McCall is Dr. Williams’s office assistant. He has received professional training as both a Medical assistant and a LPN. He is handling all the phone calls while the receptionist is at lunch. A patient calls and says
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The drug Valium falls under scheduled II, these are drugs that have a high abuse potential. Jerry knows he cannot refill this prescription, because her is not the doctor, and because it is a schedule II drug, refills and not permitted. By the manual of prescription writing, it states that this drug is prescribed in a emergency situations for example; after surgery, burns, deep cuts, or any injury with a high pain factor.
Jerry needs to pull the patients chart out and look when the last time this was prescribed and to see if there is any question to be aware of the patient’s health. Jerry needs to explain to the patients that he needs to talk to the doctor and explain what the situation is. Jerry needs to tell the patient that he cannot refill the prescription, because he is not a doctor, and that he understands the patient’s situation. Jerry tells the patient that he will call him back with a answer, he is going to find the doctor.
I feel jerry is doing the right thing, and being understanding to the patient’s needs. The question is if a lawsuit is filed will he possibly be protected. “The doctrine of respondent superior is defined that the employer is liable for the employee’s actions.” (Farlex, 2011). Also this case study does not state if Jerry has his own malpractice insurance, if he does his insurance will pay an attorney to represent him before the board of Nursing. (MacKay, 2006).
In conclusion, all

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