A Milwaukee pharmacist recently made national news by deliberately spoiling more than 550 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. He admitted to the police that he intentionally removed the vaccine from cold storage knowing those doses would be ruined. In a sinister twist, nearly 60 patients received spoiled doses. The pharmacist told the police that he knew those patients would believe they had been vaccinated against the virus when in fact they were not.
Pharmacists, like medical doctors and other healthcare providers, must act as a reasonable, prudent pharmacist in treating patients. This is known as the standard of care. The Milwaukee pharmacist did not act as a reasonable, prudent pharmacist. He fell below the standard of by spoiling hundreds of vaccine doses and administering spoiled doses to patients who thought they were receiving an effective vaccine against the virus.
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