Forensic pharmacology: An important and evolving subspecialty needs recognition in India
- Harshad Onkarrao Malve
- Journal of pharmacy & bioallied sciences
Lead Medical, Asia Pacific Region Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Mumbai, Maharashtra Received: 13.05.2016; Accepted: 20.11.2016 humans.4,7 While learning pharmacology the students learn key concepts that are important to understand the drug actions, including principles of pharmacokinetics as well as the physiological and cellular basis of diverse drug actions. Topics that are explored in forensic pharmacology i n c l u d e p h a r m a c o k i n e t i c s o f t h e t o x i c d r u g s , i m p a i r m e n t versus intoxication and how the interpretation of drug actions is effectively used in the criminal court setting. For example, the science of ethanol and drugs of abuse, along with other important agents (doping drugs, therapeutic drugs, etc.).4,7 An introduction to the basic experimental methods and laboratory techniques of forensic toxicology is also a part of Forensic Pharmacology which includes; b iological samples , analyt ica l p lans , and few of the specia l problems commonly encountered in forensic toxicology.4,7 Forensic pharmacology should enable the students to accurately appraise pharmacological and toxicological data for medicolegal purposes, to explain and justify their scientific opinions and to apply this knowledge to present the scientific opinions in court of law. It will also help to interpret scientific information obtained from multiple sources and compile this information to assess how various biological factors which may alter the drug act ions. I t Understanding Forensic Pharmacology: What Indian Physicians Need to Know?