1. Course Number: PHCL 451
1.1 Course Title: Principles of Drug Information
2. Course Instructors:
Prof. Hisham S. Abou-Auda
Prof. Tawfeeg A. Najjar
2.1 Course Coordinator: Prof. Hisham S. Abou-Auda
2.2 Course Teaching Assistant:
3. Topics covered
1. Introduction, principles and concept of drug information
2. Requirements of Drug information centers.
3. How to establish a drug information center.
4. Primary, secondary and tertiary literature
5. Examples of Secondary literature:
The Medical Letter, Iowa Drug Information Service, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, The Cochrane Library, Micromedex
6. Examples of Online Drug information resources on the Internet:
Some selected major Drug information sites.
7. Synopsis on the evaluation of Drug information literature.
8. Systematic approach to answering drug information requests:
9. How to answer poison calls
4. Resources used
Official Books approved by the department"
1. Assorted papers, articles and handouts.
Patrick M. Malone & Kristian Wilconson. Drug Information: Guide for pharmacist 2nd edition.
The material of this book were scanned and simplified.
5. Learning Objectives
This course is designed to:
1. Understand the concept of drug information
2. Demonstrate the ability to appropriately comprehend and utilize the primary, secondary or tertiary literature to answer a variety of drug information questions.
3. Demonstrate the ability to access Internet applications for drug information purposes.
4. Learn the systematic approach to answering a drug related question and indicate an efficient strategy to locate the drug information necessary to answer questions related to identification, usual dose, available dosage strengths, adjustment of dose for renal impairment, safety of drug in pregnancy or lactation, drug interactions, etc.
5. Demonstrate written skills by:
Writing a report using a variety of information sources:
a. searching appropriate primary literature
b. evaluating the literature
c. summarizing the findings
d. developing conclusions and recommendations
6. Learn how to respond to and apply appropriate drug information to patient care situations.
7. Interpret and combine information from multiple sources into concise written and verbal presentation.
6. Study questions:
Briefly discuss the major computerized drug information resources available to pharmacy practitioners.
7. Assignment to be given:
Book Evaluations (in-class).
Answering Drug information requests (in-class).
Drug Evaluation Report for P&T Committee
8. Evaluation strategies
The students evaluated according to the following scheme:
1. Weekly Assignments. 55 Points
2. First Midterm Exam 15 Points
3. Second Midterm Exam 15 Points
4. Drug Evaluation Report 15 Points
Total: 100 points