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PHCY346 Professional Pharmacy Practice B

Key provisions of laws pertaining to pharmacy practice; bioethical principles relevant to healthcare environment of profession; business and personnel management in pharmacy practice; application of these principles to community pharmacy.

Paper title Professional Pharmacy Practice B
Paper code PHCY346
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.0830
Points 10 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $664.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,150.68

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Limited to
Admission from successful completion of second-year programme or approved graduate entry.
Teaching staff
Mr James Windle, Mrs Kate Farquharson, Ms Lisa Kremer, Ms Aynsley Peterson, Dr Fiona Edgar and Ms Sandy Elkin
Paper Structure
20 lectures
11 workshops
35 hours of community placement

  • Internal 30%
  • Final 70%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, workshops and community pharmacy placement.
Pharmacy Law and Healthcare Ethics Required Reading:
  • Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985
  • Medicines Act 1981
  • Medicines Regulations 1984
  • Medicines (Designated Pharmacist Prescribers) Regulations 2013
  • Misuse of Drugs Act 1975
  • Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1977
  • Pharmacy Council Code of Ethics 2011
Ram, S. & Chesney, K. (2012) Pharmacy Law Guidebook, 2nd edn, Thomson Reuters
Ram, S. & Chesney, K. (2014) Pharmacy Law Guidebook, 3rd edn, Thomson Reuters
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
  • The Pharmacy Law and Healthcare Ethics portion of this paper is intended to provide continuing education in the legal framework within which pharmacy practice is undertaken and in the analysis of ethical issues in pharmacy practice, thus expanding the information and understanding acquired in PHCY 263 and preparatory to the final year in this subject
  • The management portion of this paper is intended to provide students with introductory knowledge into human resource management, including employment regulations and staff retention
  • The healthcare economic evaluation section will provide students with an opportunity to understand and critically appraise economic arguments proposed to support healthcare intervention (e.g. new drugs or professional service developments)
  • The pharmacy placement will provide students with an opportunity to experience pharmacy practice in what will be, for most of them, a novel environment within a rural or provincial locality
By the end of this module, students will be able to:
  • Understand and apply the key provisions of Medicines Act 1981, Medicines Regulations 1984, Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1977, Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985, Medicines (Designated Prescriber: Nurse Practitioners) Regulations 2005, Medicines (Designated Pharmacist Prescribers) Regulations 2013 and the Pharmacy Council Code of Ethics 2011 that govern the practice of pharmacy in New Zealand to a wide range of situations that might occur in the everyday working environment
  • Discuss fundamental bioethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice in relation to the healthcare environment of the profession and have acquired some familiarity with the implications of other approaches to bioethics for selected contemporary issues
  • Understand the process of economic evaluation and consider the implications of financial decision making around healthcare
  • Understand the use and application of pharmacoeconomics within the pharmaceutical industry and government health organisations
  • Understand the regulatory environment for managing people, as well as issues associated with employee retention
  • Describe the working environment of a rural/provincial community pharmacy, with particular respect to its staffing structures and responsibilities; patient clientèle and professional interactions between pharmacy staff and its customers
  • Demonstrate pharmacy practice and advice skills within a particular New Zealand rural/provincial setting
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Hauora MÄori/MÄori health and Te Ao MÄori/the MÄori world - what, when, why and how these are important in our roles as pharmacists and for improved health outcomes for our patients
  • Understand socioeconomic constraints on health care access, delivery and outcomes

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 34
Monday 10:00-10:50 33
Monday 11:00-11:50 32, 34
Monday 12:00-12:50 29-30
Monday 13:00-13:50 28
Monday 14:00-14:50 39
Monday 14:00-15:50 31
B1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 31
C1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 32
D1 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29
Thursday 13:00-13:50 40
E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 41
Friday 11:00-11:50 30, 37-38, 40
Friday 12:00-12:50 40
Friday 13:00-13:50 28