Legal issues associated with pharmacokinetic software

J. I. Schwartz, J. L. Fink

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Legal issues associated with the use of pharmacokinetic computer software are discussed. One issue involves the physician's reliance on the pharmacist, as a drug therapy expert, to provide consultation on drug dosages. Another issue is the problem of liability associated with the software and how this relates to the physician, the pharmacist, and those who designed, manufactured, and sold the software. The legal concept of negligence as it relates to medical computer software is discussed. Although the programmer and the manufacturer are responsible for verifying that the program does what it purports to do, the user must exercise due care in identifying any program limitations that might influence the accuracy of a consultation. Clinical perspective, effective validation techniques, and critical selection will help to ensure that pharmacokinetic computer software is developed, purchased, and used safely and effectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-124
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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