- Student Directions:
- Review information on drug classifications
as covered in class. The in-class information can be
extended with investigations into websites listing more specific
drug categories and their defini-tions. (See the 'Referenced
URLs,' number 1 below.)
- Keep in mind that many websites concerning
drug classifications that are found through a general search
engine reference drugs of abuse, which are NOT the subject of this
RWLO nor the primary interest of the FDA.
- Print the Student Worksheet (see
- Review some examples of generic and
proprietary drugs. This information is most readily
available on websites that the consumer is looking for a specific
drug (or group of drugs) for purchase. (See the 'Referenced
URLs,' number 2 below.)
- Enter the main FDA website (
www.fda.gov ) and browse the site
before selecting a product or update of interest. The
applicable section on the site to search is the "FDA News" (top
and center on the web page). Within this section, the
student is able to preview specific top news stories released
recently by the FDA. The student may also select other
sections such as "Recalls, Product Safety," "Product Approvals,"
or "Press Releases." (See the 'Referenced URLs,' number 3
below.) Each of these sections of the FDA website can be
listed in order of the most recent posting to ensure timely
- Complete the Student Worksheet for submission to the instructor. The
worksheet gives specific areas to complete using the language
within the FDA website to further simplify the desired end product
to be submitted.
- Print the FDA release for inclusion with
the Student Worksheet.
- Referenced URLs:
- Drug categories and/or classifications:
www.decp.org/experts/7categories.htm -- the website of of the
Drug Evaluation and Classification Program. This site
includes some general examples within each category.
-- this website has sponsored links in which the consumer is able
to click on one of the 46 drug categories (with a simple
definition of the class) to access information concerning specific
-- this dictionary, published by the US Pharmacopeia, lists 146
drug categories and their defining characteristics.
- Generic and proprietary drugs:
www.globalrph.com/druglist.htm -- this site is divided into
100 drug categories and provides links to subcategories of
specific products and their dosing recommendations.
www.pharmacy-prescriptions.com -- this website provides the
most popular prescription drugs within each of approximately 12
- Sections within the FDA website: