A General Pharmacy or Community Pharmacy expert witness is a Pharmacist who testifies about filling and dispensing prescription medications at retail pharmacies. In the 21st century, the professional training to become a General Pharmacist requires the successful completion of a doctorate level degree (Doctor of Pharmacy, or PharmD). This training reflects the ever increasing number and complexity of medications approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Some Pharmacists also pursue postgraduate residency training in focused areas of practice. These factors have resulted in the ability for Pharmacists in the community setting (Community Pharmacists) to provide a more comprehensive role in patient care, including what is known as collaborative drug therapy management or medication management. Regardless of the state of advanced practice that a Pharmacist maintains, a Pharmacist has a duty to evaluate each prescription for appropriateness in the context of known drug and patient specific variables, and the accuracy of dispensing the prescribed medication remains critical. Unfortunately, errors may still occur in the dispensing process and in the accurate processing of prescriptions associated with drug interactions, duplications, dosage errors, warnings, and contraindications. In fact, medication errors have recently been exposed as a leading cause of mortality in the United States, and dispensing errors account for nearly one-fifth of the deaths. An experienced Pharmacy expert witness is the key to understanding these issues.
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Due to the complexity of Pharmacy litigation, a Pharmacy expert witness with a strong academic background and a personal understanding of the nature of Pharmacy practice in the community setting can be an important resource in a medication litigation case, addressing standards of care and evaluating the pharmacologic and therapeutic basis of a medication-related case. To secure a Community Pharmacy expert witness who is ready to work with you, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.