Tricia Derr delivered a two-part series to the pharmacy department at Carolinas HealthCare System on April 20 and April 26. Over 500 attendees learned the legal aspects of clinical pharmacology. Part I of the series took an in-depth look at the key aspects of a medical malpractice lawsuit. Part II applied this basic knowledge by discussing relevant real cases involving real people. The interactive format inspired thoughtful questions from a variety of perspectives.

“As the field of pharmacy services expands to provide more comprehensive care in a multidisciplinary setting, pharmacists are held to a higher legal standard,” Derr explained.

The purpose of this series was to ensure CHS pharmacists appreciate the implications of their comprehensive role in patient care as well as their independent duty of patient advocacy from a pharmaceutical standpoint.


CHS Pharmacy Speech

Maria Ortiz, Dr. Susan Bear, Tricia Derr


“I haven’t seen a live legal CE in my 20+ years as a pharmacist so today was both insightful and informative. It was sobering to see the fine line between what could be a normal therapeutic outcome and a catastrophe. Something as simple as an extra glance at a patient’s profile could mean the difference between the former and the latter. The “THINK” sign is brighter in my head because of today’s talk”, RPh.

“Thank you for coordinating this two-part CE program! Today was fantastic, and I look forward to listening to part 2”, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Medication Safety.

“Thank you for arranging & coordinating today’s CE. It was excellent”, Pharmacy Director.

“Thank you very much for this law CE. The speaker was excellent, up to the point and very informative. Especially useful with ever expanding clinical role of pharmacist”, Clinical Staff Pharmacist.




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