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Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2019-2020

Course director

Tibor SZOLCSÁNYI (tibor.szolcsanyi@aok.pte.hu), assistant professor

Department of Behavioural Sciences

Subject data

Code of subject: OPE-ETI-T  |  1 credit  |  Pharmacy |  Elective module  |  spring

Prerequisites: -

Number of hours/semester

0 lectures + 0 practices + 12 seminars = total of 12 hours

Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 25 person


The aim of the course is to help students gain sensitivity to the ethical issues connected to the pharmacy practice. During the course students learn about the basic ethical principles governing the pharmacist-patient and the pharmacist-physician relationship. Students also get acquainted with the dilemmas that are raised by the conflict between business and ethics in pharmacy. The most important concerns of research ethics and some specific ethical issues, like the question of mind-enhancing drugs, are also discussed during the course.




  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. A short history of pharmacy
  • 3. General ethical viewpoints
  • 4. The principle of informed consent in modern health-care
  • 5. The ethics of patient-pharmacist relationship
  • 6. The ethics of physician-pharmacist relationship
  • 7. The conflict between business and ethics in pharmacy
  • 8. The placebo effect and its ethical concerns
  • 9. Dietary supplements, performance- and mind- enhancing drugs
  • 10. Ethical issues in clinical drug trials
  • 11. Summarizing discussion
  • 12. Test

Reading material

Obligatory literature


Literature developed by the Department

Additional materials: Neptun MeetStreet



Recommended literature

Robert Veatch and Amy Haddad (eds.): Case Studies in Pharmacy Ethics, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, New York, 2008

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Maximum of 25 % absence allowed

Mid-term exams

Written test taking place in the last class. To improve the grade, the test can be repeated two times in the first two weeks of the exam period. Oral exam is also an option for that purpose.

Making up for missed classes

According to the Code of Studies and Examinations

Exam topics/questions



Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars

  • Dr. Szolcsányi Tibor