Annual Pharmacy Law Update: How COVID Exposed Legal Dilemmas in Patient Care

Annual Pharmacy Law Update: How COVID Exposed Legal Dilemmas in Patient Care

The COVID-19 global pandemic highlighted legal responsibilities and dilemmas of healthcare professionals. This annual update discusses legal cases specifically related to issues from the pandemic, and the lasting effect they may have on standards of care in pharmacy practice.

Upon successful completion of this knowledge-based CPE course, pharmacy technicians should be able to:
1. Review recent legal cases involving ivermectin refusal by a healthcare institution and consider their effect on standards of care
2. Discuss the role of courts in determining the rights of hospitalized patients to demand access to drug therapies that are not made available under hospital policies and procedures.
3. Describe the possible consequences for the healthcare system if patients were allowed to demand the use of medications that are not the standard of care for the patients’ condition.
4. Explain the difference between “freedom to” and “freedom from” within the context of a patient’s request for a specific medication 

David B. Brushwood, R.Ph, J.D.
Senior Lecturer, The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Law Content Developer, CEimpact

David B. Brushwood has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Course fee includes course, course materials, and CPE credit submission to CPE Monitor.
Initial Release Date: April 15, 2022
Planned Expiration Date: April 15, 2025

This program is provided for educational purposes. CEimpact is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice of any kind. For legal advice, please contact a licensed attorney. 

Copyright 2022, CEimpact. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction of this course without express permission is strictly forbidden.


Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0107-0000-22-150-H03-T
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Disease State/Drug Therapy



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