Power of attorney documents and pharmacy

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Some pharmacists have used a power of attorney document for quite some time when submitting orders for controlled substances. This is authorized by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations. Increasingly, pharmacists are encountering power of attorney documents in another context - durable powers of attorney authorizing an Agent to make health care decision for the Principal. Medicare requirements have greatly expanded use of such advance directives. Thus, pharmacists may encounter these documents with both professional and personal issues. Types of power of attorney documents are reviewed with the differences highlighted. A variety of legal requirements that may apply are discussed and situations where such documents may prove helpful are listed. Issues related to the Agent are discussed, because pharmacists may find themselves in this role or in the role of advising someone selecting an Agent. How to revoke such legal documents is described as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)664-668
Number of pages5
JournalHospital Pharmacy
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Advanced directives
  • Durable power of attorney
  • Pharmacy law
  • Power of attorney

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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