Drug Information - 7301504
Course Title
Drug Information
Course Number
Instructor Name
Samah Al-Jabi
Contact Information
[email protected]
Semester(s) and academic year(s)
Second Semester 2020
First Semester 2020
Compulsory / Elective
Course Description

This course learns students about retrieval and dissemination of drug information, how to look up the drug data from different resources, and the resources of drug information. In addition, it examines the main drug related problems including adverse drug reaction and drug interaction. Furthermore, this course examines medical prescriptions, their types and how to deal with them; common pharmaceutical forms. The student will learn how to keep updated regarding recent advances in the field of hospital pharmacy and how to evaluate modern hospital pharmacy literature. Students will do presentations that compare the efficacy of various drugs. Students will also be engaged in discussions with the medical team regarding latest medical and drug news as well as the ethical and professional conduct 

Course Objectives

With a thorough background established in pharmacology and pharmacotherapy, the aim of this course is to prepare students to know the retrieval and dissemination of drug information, how to find any information regarding medication, and how to search in any resource of drug information. In addition, it aims to introduce the newly approved medications for a common group of medical disorders.

Intended learning Outcomes and Competences

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:


a. Knowledge and Understanding:

a.1. Recognize the drug information resources

a.2. Describe the main characteristics of newly approved medications of a group of common diseases.

a.3. Identify drug-related problems such as drug side effect and drug interactions

a.4. Recognize the different grades of strength of use of medications in various diseases according to evidence based medicine.


b. Intellectual Skills

b.1. Analyze relevant information for drugs from different drug resources

b.2. Evaluate the use of medications of selected diseases during pregnancy and lactation.

b.3. Design appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic plans for selected diseases for geriatric and pediatric patients.

b.4. Design plan for responding to a prescription during the dispensing process.



c. Professional and Practical Skills

c.1. Design appropriate plan for drug retrieval and dissemination from drug information resources.

c.2. Evaluate and solve drug-related problems (adverse drug reaction and drug interactions)

c.3. Apply learned information in providing appropriate patient counseling during the dispensing process.


d. General and Transferable Skills

d.1. Search the internet database for new updates in treatment guidelines.

d.2. Write a report and give oral presentations.

d.3. Work coherently and successfully as a part of a team.

d.4. Appreciate team work in a seminar.


Textbook and References



  1. Malone, P.M., Kier, K.L., Stanovich, J.E. and Malone, M.J., 2018. Drug information: a guide for pharmacists. 6th edition. McGraw-Hill Education, Medical Pub. Division.


  1. Shargel, L., Mutnick, A. H., Souney, P. F. & Swanson, L. N. (Eds.). (2013). Comprehensive pharmacy review. Wolters Kluwer / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.‏


  1. Charles Lacy, Lora Armstrong, Morton Goldman. Drug Information Handbook: A Comprehensive Resource for All Clinicians and Healthcare Professionals. 20th edition, 2011. Lexi-Comp.


  1. Joseph DiPiro, Robert Talbert, Gary Yee, Gary Matzke, Barbara Wells, Michael Posey. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. 8th edition, 2011. McGraw-Hill Medical.


  1. Roger Walker, Cate Whittlesea. Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. 5th edition, 2011. Churchill Livingstone.


  1. Barbara Wells, Joseph DiPiro, Terry Schwinghammer, Cecily DiPiro. Pharmacotherapy Handbook. 8th edition, 2011. McGraw-Hill Medical.


  1. Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, Lloyd Yee Young, Wayne Kradjan, Joseph Guglielmo, Brian Alldredge, Robin Corelli, Bradley Williams. Applied Therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs. 9th edition, 2008. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


  1. New treatment guidelines.


  1. Recent original and review articles


  1. Evidence based medicine (DynaMed)
Assessment Criteria
Activity Percent (%)
Midterm exam 35%
Report and seminar presentation 15%
Final Exam 50%