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Consumer Chemistry Update

Content Material

  • 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 Student_Worksheet.doc ).
    • 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 ( ) 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 information.
    • 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:
    1. Drug categories and/or classifications: -- 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 drugs. -- this dictionary, published by the US Pharmacopeia, lists 146 drug categories and their defining characteristics.
    2. Generic and proprietary drugs: -- this site is divided into 100 drug categories and provides links to subcategories of specific products and their dosing recommendations. -- this website provides the most popular prescription drugs within each of approximately 12 drug categories.
    3. Sections within the FDA website: