PM3PP3-Pharmacy Practice 3

Module Provider: Pharmacy, School of Chemistry
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring
Pre-requisites: PM2PP2 Pharmacy Practice 2
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2012/3

Module Convenor: Dr Alexandra Henein


Summary module description:

To provide students with expert knowledge of political, legal and ethical frameworks and requirements relevant to pharmacy.

Assessable learning outcomes:
•Demonstrate an understanding of political and legal frameworks and requirements relevant to pharmacy, including Acts, Statutory Instruments, White Papers and other relevant legal matters.
•Recognise P.O.M. transactions, carry out an exempted transaction and carry out emergency supplies.
•Critically appraise, interpret and dispense community prescriptions legally, accurately and safely. Decide the legally correct label for all medicines and select appropriate warning labels.
•Critically appraise and interpret hospital prescriptions
•Demonstrate knowledge of health policies and economics.
•Understand management theories
•Understand the need for, and the implications of the Standards of conduct, ethics and performance
•Provide a judgement on a pharmaceutical situation, taking into consideration ethical, professional and legal requirements

Additional outcomes:
Students will continue to develop excellent communication skills and team working skills. In addition management skills, critical reading skills and assessment skills will be further developed. Understand how to complete and review a Continuous Professional Development record.

Outline content:
Law and ethics relevant to Pharmacy and the Health Professions
1. Political and Legal frameworks and requirements relevant to pharmacy:
a. Statutes and main regulations related to medicines and poisons; including emergency supply and wholesale dealing
b. EU and UK labelling requirements; relevant medicinal products and dispensed medicinal products;
c. Role and legal framework of hospital pharmacy
d. Relevant employment and general legislation;
e. Codes of practice and European conventions;
f. Consumer Protection Act;
g. Data Protection Act;
h. Access to health records;
i. Use of texts of appropriate Acts and Statutory Instruments.

2. Registration and Licensing of drugs and medicines, including product liability and unlicensed medicines, review legal classification of medicines, including controlled drugs and their sub-classes.

3. Ethical principles, declarations, and conventions.
a. Basic concepts relating to ethics e.g. autonomy, beneficence, maleficience and justice;
b. Pharmacoeconomics in ethical decision making;
c. Analysis of ethical dilemmas.

Economics and Marketing within the Health Industry
1. Health policy and economics - budgets, allocation of resources, measuring patient outcomes, economic evaluation of medicines and pharmaceutical services, relevance of health economics to practising pharmacists.
a. financial pact data, Contracting/negotiation
2. Sales promotion of OTC and GSL medicines - control of advertisements and ethics of sales promotion

Reinforcing legal and ethical aspects of pharmacy practice.
Management skills: interpersonal relations; team working

Global context:
Integrated learning will be encouraged by students applying knowledge of law, ethics, scientific, clinical and practice skills from all 3 years in the workshops and coursework.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course content will be provided in the form of lecture, workshops and practicals. Students will be signposted to additional resources to supplement the lecture material.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18 13
Practicals classes and workshops 40 72
Guided independent study 30 27
Total hours by term 88.00 112.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:

Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 20
Practical skills assessment 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Students attend tutorials and workshops on the material covered in this module; attendance is compulsory at both.

Relative percentage of coursework: 20% of module mark

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Length of examination:
One three-hour Law and Ethics written paper during the Part 3 examination period: 50% of module mark.
Open book Dispensing exam taken as 1x3hr practical class towards the end of PM3PP3: 30% of module mark.

Requirements for a pass:
A mark of 40% overall (but see programme specification for rules for progressing on the programme). A mark of 50% is required to pass the Dispensing exam and students will not be permitted to progress to Part 4 of the MPharm programme without passing the Dispensing examination. A mark of 50% is required to pass the Law and Ethics written paper and students will not be permitted to progress to Part 4 of the MPharm programme without passing the Law and Ethics examination. A pass in PM3PP3 is a requirement for progression to Part 4.

Reassessment arrangements:
Written examination during the University examination period (August/September).
Dispensing exam during Spring term, June/July and final opportunity in August/September.

Reassessment is based on coursework (20%), Dispensing exam (30%) and Law and Ethics written examination (50%).

Last updated: 20 August 2012

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