David Brushwood: R.Ph., J.D.

David Brushwood

Professor Emeritus

Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy

EMAIL: brushwood@cop.ufl.edu


  • B.S. Pharmacy. University of Kansas
  • B.A. History. University of Kansas
  • J.D. University of Kansas Law School

Research Interests

  • Pain Management Policy
  • Pharmacy Risk Management
  • Regulating for Outcomes
  • Pharmacist Professional Responsibility

Biographical Sketch

David Brushwood is professor of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. A graduate of the schools of pharmacy and law at the University of Kansas, professor Brushwood practiced both professions prior to entering academia. His research interests are in the areas of regulating for outcomes, medication error prevention, and pain management policy. He has received grant funding from numerous agencies including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Community Pharmacy Foundation.

Professor Brushwood founded the department’s online Master of Science in Pharmacy program, and he directed that program for six years before stepping down as director in 2011.  He has maintained an interest in online education and he currently teaches an elective PharmD course on Pharmaceutical Regulatory Compliance for pharmacy students throughout the country.

Professor Brushwood received the 2012 Pellegrino Medal. The award honors nationally-recognized leaders “for contributions to healthcare ethics in the selfless spirit of Edmund D. Pellegrino.” He also has twice been selected as a Mayday Scholar in Pain Policy by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Professor Brushwood is a frequent contributor to pharmacy journals and to law journals.


Phillips, E., Brushwood, D. “Application of “moral luck” in a Case Involving a Pharmacist,” 69 Am J Health System Pharm 1604 (2012).

Brushwood, D. “California Court’s Decision Regarding a Physician’s Petition for Reinstatement of his Medical License,” 69 Am J Health System Pharm 2006 (2012).

Brushwood, D., Rich, B., Webster, L., Coleman, J., Passik, S., Brennan, M., “Balance and the Adoption of Abuse-Deterrent Opioid Formulations in Pain Management Practice,” 1 University of the Incarnate Word Pharmacy Review 1 (2012).

Smith, W., Brushwood, D., “The Pharmacist’s Responsibility for Optimizing Drug Therapy Outcomes,” 22 The Pain Practitioner 38 (2012).

Brushwood, D., “Pharmacy Department Not Liable for Use of Contraindicated Drug in Surgical Suite.” 69 Am J Health System Pharm 349 (2012).

Brushwood, D., et al., “Legal Liability Perspectives on Abuse-Deterrent Opioids in the Treatment of Chronic Pain,” 24 Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy 333 (2010).