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Pharmacists (Liability)

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 25 March 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what guidance is given to pharmacists and their employees as to the nature and the extent of their liability to the purchasing general public for any advice given in the course of dispensing medicines and drugs which are obtainable other than by prescription.

Pharmacists are subject to the same duty of care, responsibility and liability that any professional person accepts. The Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the pharmacists' professional body, issues general guidance in the form of a code of ethics. It says for example that

"a pharmacist has a general responsibility to provide information and advice and he should take reasonable precautions to see that it is both accurate and appropriate".