Pharmacology Expert Witnesses
What is a pharmacology expert witness?
Pharmacology expert witness candidates typically possess a PhD and have years of experience in drug interactions, forensic toxicology, medicinal chemistry, and/or may be a registered pharmacist (RPh). Clinical pharmacology expert witnesses may provide support when the focus of the case is related to developing new drug therapies. Pharmaceutical expert witnesses can opine on matters related to the marketing practices for new medications and therapies. In cases involving medications used to treat mental health disorders, support of a psychopharmacology expert witness may be required.
What types of cases require a pharmacology expert witness?
Litigation support by a pharmacologist often involves intellectual property matters such as a patent litigation or a trade secret dispute. A forensic toxicologist might also provide testimony in matters such as a medical case that requires toxicology or chemical ingestion expertise. A forensic scientist can also assist in criminal investigations, including medical malpractice, by analyzing evidence to isolate and identify compounds and poisonous substances in forensic samples.
Pharmacology is the branch of science that studies the effects of drugs, and specifically, how the body responds to a drug. The study of pharmacology encompasses the sources, chemical properties, biological effects and therapeutic uses of drugs. Pharmacology integrates the knowledge of many disciplines, including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, and veterinary medicine. A pharmacy uses pharmacology knowledge to achieve optimal outcomes through the appropriate preparation and dispensing of medicine. Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics are the two main branches of pharmacology. Pharmacokinetics is the study of how an organism affects a drug, whereas pharmacodynamics is the study of how a drug affects an organism. Together these specialized disciplines guide drug development, dosing, benefits, and adverse effects of a substance.
Pharmacology expert witness case examples
Cahn Litigation Services has been called upon to find pharmacology expert witnesses to support cases such as:
- dietary supplements side effects,
- medical device product liability,
- pharmacy expert to opine on long term care opioid pain management,
- pediatric adverse drug reactions causation,
- New York medical center chemical exposure,
- pharmaceutical industry ethics,
- wrongful death case review in Ohio,
- Florida pharmacy practice procedures (involving medication errors),
- clinical trials documentation and claims, and
- toxicity medical records review in New Jersey.
What litigation support work might a pharmacology expert witness be expected to perform?
Expert witness services by a medical expert specializing in pharmacology could include forensic toxicology, research and authoring expert reports, providing expert opinions, and expert witness testimony in the courtroom. In addition, a law firm may request pharmacology and toxicology expert for pre-litigation consulting work. The experience of a pharmacology expert witness will provide credibility to enable the jury to consider the evidence with the weight it deserves. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a qualified expert with prior expert witness experience.
Whether it’s for laboratory testing or expert witness testimony, Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search for a pharmacology expert witness around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony experience.
Pharmacology Expert Witness - Representative Bios
Please Note: All Cahn Litigation expert witness searches are customized to attorneys' precise specifications and preferences. Attorneys are encouraged to discuss search parameters with a Cahn search specialist.
The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Pharmacology experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Pharmacology landscape.