Hospital Pharmacy

Hospital Pharmacy Expert Witness

A Hospital Pharmacy expert witness is a Pharmacist who testifies on hospital (inpatient) drug dosing, dispensing, infusion, interactions, and monitoring. The role of the Hospital Pharmacist has evolved over many decades to include far more than the oversight of dispensing medications to acutely ill patients. There has been a clear shift toward higher patient acuity among hospitalized patients and an increasing complexity of medications used in the acute care setting (including but not limited to chemotherapy, biologics and antibiotics). These factors warrant the oversight of medication use by Pharmacists with postgraduate residency training or extensive experience.

The Hospital Pharmacist’s practice may involve autonomous or collaborative management of medication therapies such as: pharmacokinetic dosing of aminoglycosides or vancomycin; adjustment of drug doses based on kidney or liver function; alteration of antibiotic selection or route of administration based on clinical data; and discontinuation of overlapping or unsupported therapies. Additionally, the task of medication reconciliation at transitions of care is well-suited for involvement or management by a Pharmacist in collaboration with a prescriber, and many health systems now place a Pharmacist in the admission, discharge, and transfer process to facilitate optimal continuity of a patient’s medication list. Coincident with ever-increasing regulatory standards applied to sterile and hazardous drug handling, a Hospital Pharmacist also has the burden of assuring not only the accuracy but the sterility of compounded sterile (injectable) medications while minimizing unintended exposure of potentially hazardous drugs to patients and healthcare workers alike.

Hospital Pharmacy Case Matter

Elite Medical Experts reviews all aspects of Hospital Pharmacy litigation and consulting, including:

  • Drug dispensing errors
  • Drug interactions and contraindications
  • Drug dose calculations and verification
  • Drug monitoring and levels (e.g. gentamicin, vancomycin)
  • Drug preparation
  • Drug infusions and intravenous medications
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
  • Compounding
  • Anticoagulation (e.g. heparin, Lovenox, Coumadin)

A Hospital Pharmacy expert witness is a critical resource for any inpatient medication complication or dispensing error. They can also educate the trier of fact on standards of care for medications in hospitals and health-systems. To secure a hand-selected Hospital Pharmacy expert witness for your case, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.

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