Pharmacist Association: Participating in Capital Punishment Violates Core Values

The American Pharmacists Association’s (APhA) House of Delegates adopted a resolution late last month stating that dispensing lethal drugs used for capital punishment violates the profession’s core values “as providers of health care”.

The resolution was passed during APhA’s annual meeting in San Diego on March 30.

It states that “the American Pharmacists Association discourages pharmacist participation in executions on the basis that such activities are fundamentally contrary to the role of pharmacists as providers of health care.”

“Pharmacists are health care providers and pharmacist participation in executions conflicts with the profession’s role on the patient health care team,” APhA executive vice president Thomas Menighan explained in a statement. “This new policy aligns APhA with the execution policies of other major health care associations, including the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association and the American Board of Anesthesiology.”