Hollabaugh v. Arkansas State Med. Bd

In Hollabaugh v. Arkansas State Med. Bd., 43 Ark. App. 83, 861 S.W.2d 317, 318 (Ark. Ct. App. 1993), the State Medical Board ("Board") found the defendant--physician grossly negligent for prescribing patients disproportionate amounts of harmful medications. A pharmacist, on behalf of the Board, testified about the kinds, quantities, and regularity of the medications that the physicians prescribed to the patients. Id. at 321. However, the pharmacist lacked experience in testifying whether the physician's treatment was a breach of ordinary care. Id. Because the expert could not ascertain whether the physician breached the medical community's standard of care, the Arkansas Court of Appeals reversed the trial court's ruling, and concluded that the expert was not qualified to testify. Id.