TIAFT - The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists
57th TIAFT Meeting 2019 - Birmingham

The 57th TIAFT Annual Meeting

Birmingham - UK

September 2nd - 6th, 2019


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The TIAFT List of Therapeutic and Toxic Values of Drugs has been permanently removed from the TIAFT website.
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TIAFT List of Therapeutic and Toxic Values of Drugs

The TIAFT List of Therapeutic and Toxic Values of Drugs has been permanently removed from the TIAFT website. While databases of concentrations can be useful in assisting interpretations of toxicology results there are many factors that must be specifically considered when interpreting postmortem drug concentrations. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • route of administration and bioavailability,
  • single versus multiple doses (acute vs chronic administration),
  • tolerance and sensitization,
  • drug synergism and antagonism,
  • pharmacogenetics,
  • site dependence and condition/quality of specimen,
  • postmortem redistribution and interval,
  • specimen containers and drug stability.

With so many variables, postmortem interpretation of drug concentrations should be made in context, with a careful review of case history and giving consideration to analytical and pre-analytical variables.

For this reason the TIAFT Board has decided a more holistic review of laboratory data is not only essential but critical, and therefore TIAFT is no longer providing this data which, for practical reasons, cannot account for all the possible variables. There are published sources available which review the data in the literature available for the pharmacology and toxicology of various drugs. These are good starting points to begin the interpretive process.

Two of the more widely relied upon include:

  • Disposition of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals in Man, Tenth Edition, Randall C. Baselt, editor. Biomedical Publications, Seal Beach, CA, USA 2014.
  • Clarke’s Analysis of Drugs and Poisons, Fourth Edition, Anthony C. Moffat, M. David Osselton, Brian Widdop and Jo Watts, editors. Pharmaceutical Press, London & Chicago, 2011.

Additionally, there are numerous articles and reviews available in the scientific literature, many of which are open access.

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