Year: 2003 Source: Pharmacy World and Science, v.25, no.1, (February 2003), p.3-10 SIEC No: 20030690

This article presents a model for responsible behavior by pharmacists based on rational values. Modern dilemmas such as genetic engineering & assisted suicide are discussed in this context. The authors assert that responsibility includes the obligation to interact with a patient to an extent in which the values of self-determination, compassion & justice have real significance for the parties involved. This responsibility calls for experience & practical wisdom & is shared with the cultural environment through guidelines & legislation. (33 refs) (SC)