Drug Information - 410425
Course Title
Drug Information
Course Number
Instructor Name
Samah Al-Jabi
Contact Information
[email protected]
Semester(s) and academic year(s)
Second 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. 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 pathophysiology 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 newly approved medications of a group of common diseases.

a.3. Identify drug-related problems such as drug side effects, drug interactions, and drug contraindication

a.4. Recognize the desired outcomes of drug therapy of selected diseases.


b. Intellectual Skills

b.1. Design appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic plans for selected diseases with a specific consideration of newly approved medications

b.2. Compare between rational and irrational drug therapy for selected diseases.

b.3. Design plans for monitoring drug efficacy, adverse effects, compliance and drug interactions.

b.4. Analyze relevant information for drugs from different drug resources.


c. Professional and Practical Skills

c.1. Evaluate and solve drug-related problems.

c.2. Design appropriate plan for drug retrieval and dissemination from drug information resources.

c.3. Apply learned information in providing appropriate patient counseling.


d. General and Transferable Skills

d.1. Search 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., 2006. Drug information: a guide for pharmacists. McGraw-Hill, Medical Pub. Division.


  1. Shargel, L., 2013. Comprehensive pharmacy review for NAPLEX. Wolters Kluwer Health/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. Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, Lloyd Yee Young, Wayne Kradjan, Joseph Guglielmo, Brian Alldredge, Robin Corelli, Bradley Williams. Applied Therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs. 9 th edition, 2008. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.


  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. Recent original and review articles


  1. Evidence based medicine (DynaMed)


  1. FDA and centerwatch website for the newly approved medications.
Assessment Criteria
Activity Percent (%)
Midterm exam 35%
Report and seminar presentation 15%
Final Exam 50%