Liability of the pharmacist as a therapeutic consultant.

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The legal implications of pharmacists serving as therapeutic consultants to other health professionals are discussed. The legal view of the consultant relationship and the relative liability exposure of the primary practitioner and the consultant are reviewed. The pharmacist's liability when serving as a therapeutic consultant is considered in light of the high standard of care that would probably be used in evaluating the pharmacist's performance. Other legal issues considered include potential criminal liability of the pharmacist, whether responses should be in writing, impact of charging for therapeutic consultation services, and coverage for such activities under professional liability insurance policies. By being aware of the legal implications in these areas, pharmacists may limit their liability exposure to an acceptable level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-222
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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