Three Courses are Offered

PHCY5240 | Pharmaceutical Homicide

An introduction to the emerging field of Forensic Pharmacy, this course reviews the principles of homicide investigation, with a focus on potential poisoning with pharmaceutical products.  The case study method is used to investigate the legal background of many instances in which pharmaceuticals intended for therapeutic purposes were instead used as murder weapons, either within a healthcare setting or in the victims’ homes.  The course examines pharmacy system modifications that can be implemented to anticipate the murderous use of medications and prevent their criminal use to take the life of a human being.  To see full syllabus, click here >


PHCY 5210 | Regulating Dangerous Drug Use

An overview of the specialty field known as Pharmacy Regulatory Compliance Officer.  The roles of government agencies such as the FDA, the DEA, CMS, and state licensing boards are discussed.  The course considers the motivating factors that underlie the activities of regulators, and how the regulated industry, health institutions, and health professionals can develop effective practices that meet the requirements of regulators while also meeting the needs of patients.  Legal case studies are evaluated to facilitate development of regulatory compliance systems in health care generally and in pharmacy specifically.  To see full syllabus, click here >


PHCY 5670 | Medication Malpractice

A course for those who are considering a career in the field of Risk Management.  Exposure to legal liability is an ever present reality of medication use.  Principles to manage (but not eliminate) the risk of legal liability are reviewed.  Numerous case studies are evaluated, including those related to order processing errors as well as those related to advanced pharmacy practice.  The overall theme of the course is that continuous quality improvement programs can identify caused of elevated malpractice risk and can modify systems to reduce the risk of liability.  To see the full syllabus, click here >