James H. Ruble, PharmD, JD

Research Interests

  • Standards of Care in Pharmacy Practice
  • Legal, Ethical and Risk Management Issues in Health Care Administration, Health Care Delivery, and Professional Education
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Internal Medicine - Adjunct Associate Professor, Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry - Adjunct Associate Professor, Pharmacotherapy - Associate Professor (Clinical)
  • Divisions: General Internal Medicine

Academic Office Information

  • 801-581-4514
  • L.S. Skaggs Hall
    Pharmacotherapy Dept, College of Pharmacy
    30 S 2000 E, Room: 258
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

Jim Ruble joined the faculty on a full-time basis in January 2010 after 15 years in pharmacy practice and 4 years in legal practice. During this time, Jim served multiple clinical pharmacist and pharmacy administration roles with the University of Utah Health Care Department of Pharmacy Services. These roles include, Acute Care Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist (Neuroscoences), Intravenous Admixture/Sterile Compounding Pharmacist, Centralized Order Entry Distribution, Drug Information Specialist, Outpatient Staff Pharmacist. Jim served 3 years as pharmacy manager for home infusion pharmacy services. His administrative responsibilities included an $8 million budget and a multi-disciplinary staff of 27 employees.

Jim also has pharmacy practice experience in poison control/toxicology (at the Utah Poison Center), pediatrics (at Primary Children's Medical Center), and several retail chain drug strores (Target, Smiths, Rite Aid).

Jim is a member of the Utah Bar Association and is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He worked as an intellectual property attorney with two law firms prior to returning to health care. Jim has filed and prosecuted numerous patient applications for inventions in the areas of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, mechanical and medical devices, and biotechnology (including sequence listing).

Jim is active in teaching and lecturing in the areas of pharmacy law, ethics, and public policy. He also provides didacting and laboratory education in pharmaceutical compounding and drug delivery.

Jim earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Pharmacy, Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, and Juris Doctor from the University of Utah.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Undergraduate University of Utah
Undergraduate University of Utah
Biology / Emphasis in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Ruble J (06/30/2012). Off-label Prescribing of Medications for Pain: Maintaining Optimal Care at an Intersection of Law, Public Policy and Ethics. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother, 26(2), 146-52.
  2. Ruble JH (2010). Baxter v. Montana, Libertarianism, and End-of-Life: The Ripe Time for a Paradigm Shift. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother, 24(3), 263-70.