What is a pharmacist?
A pharmacist is a healthcare professional who specialises in drug discovery and delivery, they play a direct role in improving patients’ health and wellbeing. Pharmacists have specialist knowledge of the chemical, physicochemical, pharmacological and toxicological properties of medication. Many pharmacists prescribe medicines independently of a doctor.
Evidence at inquests
Another important role of pharmacist expert witnesses is the provision of expert evidence at inquests where the circumstances surrounding a death are considered. HM Coroner may hear evidence from Pharmacist expert witnesses and the evidence provided has the potential to lead to recommendations. For example, the inquest touching the death of medical student Sarah Houston in 2012 heard expert evidence from Dr Graham Mould about the effects of the banned pesticide and former weight-loss compound, 2-4 dinitrophenol (DNP). Because the coroner may report a death to bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive, the evidence of pharmacist expert witnesses may lead action to prevent more deaths in similar circumstances.
What are examples of harm which may arise from clinical negligence by pharmacists?
The impact of clinical negligence by pharmacists may vary from minor to serious. Certain groups of people are more at risk from clinical negligence by pharmacists. These groups include the very young or the elderly. When medication has been prescribed for an ongoing long term condition disruption can be very serious. In some situations the patient may feel that their condition is deteriorating or symptoms worsening, not realising that there has been an error with their medication. Claims of clinical negligence may be made against pharmacies in hospital pharmacies or community pharmacies, such as those found in supermarkets and on the high street.
What experts does Expert Court Reports have?
We work with two pharmacist expert witnesses, Mrs Azizah Attard and Mr Nigel Morley. Mrs Attard is a specialist mental health pharmacist who has published widely about psychotropic medication. Mr Morley has been a registered pharmacist for almost 50 years. He is a leading expert in dispensing doctor dispensing and prescribing. He has expertise in the Pharmaceutical Services Regulations for Appliance Contractors, Dispensing Doctors and Community Pharmacists. He has expert knowledge of pharmaceutical negligence and fraud, community and wholesale pharmacy. He is also an authority on controlled drugs.
How quickly can you provide a report?
At Expert Court Reports Ltd, we understand the pressures of the legal profession. We recognise that litigation is subject to defined timescales and for this reason, we will be as flexible and accommodating as we are able to be. However, we pride ourselves on not promising work that cannot be reliably delivered within a given timescale. The quality of the evidence which is provided by our experts is subject to review and scrutiny. All expert reports are subject to a detailed and robust proofreading process to ensure that our expert evidence is accurate and expertly formatted.