International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 37, Issue 6, pp 978–981 | Cite as

To dispense or not to dispense? Ethical case decision-making in pharmacy practice

  • Ineke BoltEmail author
  • Mariëtte van den Hoven
  • Lyda Blom
  • Marcel Bouvy


In daily practice, pharmacists are regularly confronted with moral problems in which deciding what to do is not always a straightforward decision. In this contribution we show how the use of a specific method for moral deliberation can (in retrospect or prospective) aid moral judgements. We use the case of dispensing isotretinoin to demonstrate one ethical reflection method, namely the Utrecht Method.


Ethical case deliberation Isotretinoin Method Pharmacy ethics 



We thank the anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments.



Conflict of interest



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© Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij ter bevordering der Pharmacie 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ineke Bolt
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mariëtte van den Hoven
    • 1
  • Lyda Blom
    • 4
  • Marcel Bouvy
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Ethics InstituteUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Medical Ethics and PhilosophyErasmus MCRotterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.SIR Institute for Pharmacy Practice and PolicyLeidenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Pharmaceutical SciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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