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Gallup’s annual Honesty and Ethics survey, which measures the public’s trust of various professions, reveals that pharmacists rank second to nurses for honesty and ethical standards.
Pharmacists have ranked in the top three for the ninth consecutive year. This year, pharmacists moved up one place from last year, ahead of doctors. Among respondents, 73 percent rated the honesty and ethical standards of pharmacists as “very high” or “high.”
The Gallup Honesty and Ethics survey, released Dec. 12, measures the public’s trust of various professions. Americans gave the lowest honesty and ethics ratings to members of Congress.
“The Gallup survey reflects the unsurpassed value of community pharmacy in improving patient health and reducing healthcare costs across the board,” said National Association of Chain Drug Stores President and CEO Steven Anderson. “As the face of neighborhood healthcare, pharmacists are accessible healthcare providers, with nearly all Americans living within five miles of a community pharmacy.”
Pharmacists provide medication therapy management services and other health services, including administering vaccinations and providing preventive health education and screenings.