Time: Approximately 45 minutes
with Internet access
Prerequisites: Some rudimentary knowledge of generic and
proprietary drug names and the use of the Internet
Implementation: This RWLO can be given as a homework
assignment to: 1) encourage additional investigation by the student,
2) to ease any classroom computer restraints, and 3) to reduce student
- The instructor will need to log on to the website,
www.fda.gov, the week of
the assignment to gather information as to some of the
products covered by the FDA for that time period.
Basic notes should be taken concerning some of the drugs on
which the FDA updated information within the past two weeks.
These 'hot topics' may be in more widespread news releases
(e.g. medicines NOT to buy online) or specific product
analysis (e.g. the acceptance of Januvia as a new
class of diabetic medication).
- In the lecture in which the assignment is given, the
instructor will want to cover the major classifications of
drugs (i.e., antihistamines, antipsycho-tics, analgesics)
and a number of examples of each. The notes that were
gathered in the previous step should direct the instructor
to appro-priate groups and examples to give the students.
This will help to circumvent problems that students with less
product education may encounter yet not overwhelm the
students with unnecessary details. Within the lecture,
the instructor should also begin to instill in the students
a genuine interest in drugs prescribed for the treatment of
specific disease states.
- The instructor will handout the Student Worksheet in
providing students the instructions to navigate the website
to guide in
selecting an update. Hopefully, this will prompt the
student to look for products of particular interest to the
individual. The Student Worksheet should make the assessment portion of
the instructor's job much simpler yet allow the student
sufficient freedom of expression and selection as to
stimulate further investigation.
- The instructor will direct the students to log onto the
FDA website, www.fda.gov,
and peruse the homepage. The areas of 'Hot Topics,'
'Recalls, Product Safety,' and 'More FDA News' may provide
additional direction for student search since these sections
of the FDA homepage give informative, descriptive titles of
individual updates. Since the instructor has previewed
the Student Worksheet in class, the completion of the
assignment should be relatively straightforward.