Good Practices in Forensic Toxicology

Author(s): Olaf H. Drummer*

Journal Name: Current Pharmaceutical Design

Volume 23 , Issue 36 , 2017


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Abstract:

This manuscript provides an overview for analysts, medical and scientific investigators, and laboratory administrators, the range of factors that should be considered to implement best practice forensic toxicology. These include laboratory influence over the collection of specimens, their proper transport and chain-of-custody before arrival in the laboratory. In addition, the laboratory needs to ensure properly trained staff use suitably validated and documented analytical procedures that meet the intended purpose and type of case in an accredited or suitably quality oriented management system. To assist the investigating officers laboratory results require an interpretation over their possible significance when sufficient details are available over the circumstances of the case. This requires a thorough understanding of the various factors that influence concentrations of substances and ultimately their likely physiological effect. These include consideration of the route of ingestion, influence over chronicity of usage on tissue concentrations and tolerance, possible combined drug effects or likely adverse reactions and consideration of relevant genetic factors that may have influenced pharmacokinetic or pharmacodynamic response.

Keywords: Specimen, collection protocols, assay validation, quality systems, pharmacokinetics, redistribution, contextual information.

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Article Details

VOLUME: 23
ISSUE: 36
Year: 2017
Published on: 30 January, 2018
Page: [5437 - 5441]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/1381612823666170704123836
Price: $65

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