Pharmacists considered more ethical than doctors


professional pharmacy services winners: Pease Street Discount Drug Store staff including managing pharmacist Aylin Ektem, right with curly hair

In a broad survey of Australians, pharmacists scored higher than GPs and dentists

According to the Governance Institute Ethics Index released this month, about 42% of those surveyed rated pharmacists as “somewhat ethical” and 37% said they were “very ethical”.

Only 5% said they believed pharmacists were somewhat or very unethical.

Nurses topped the health sector in the survey with more than half of respondents (51%) claiming nurses were “very ethical”.

Veterinarians and pharmacists tied on net score, although the former had more votes in the “very ethical” category.

The top five health professions viewed to be most ethical were:

  1. Nurses – 82%
  2. Veterinarians – 74%
  3. Pharmacists – 74%
  4. GPs – 71%
  5. Dentists – 64%

Behaviour in the health sector was generally believed to be somewhat or very ethical, with all occupations scoring above 60%.

However, opinions were polarising for pharmaceutical companies, health funds, and natural health companies, which were equally seen as ethical (32-37%) and unethical (33-43%).

Media was rated the least ethical industry by those surveyed.

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