Available Until 3/1/2023

Prescription and Over the Counter Drugs: Supporting Consumers with Evidence-Based Information*

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Elizabeth Roth at rothel@musc.edu . 

Americans make 2.9 billion trips to purchase over the counter (OTC) medication, and in 2019, 4 billion prescriptions were filled in pharmacies. The frequency of use of both OTC and prescription drugs reinforces the need for trustworthy, accessible consumer health information on the topic. This course will present the definitions of each drug category and provide up to date statistics on drug use and misuse. The course will familiarize librarians with three authoritative consumer health resources about prescription and OTC drugs: NIDA website, DailyMed, and LactMed. Participants will leave the training with more knowledge where to direct consumers to find drug information.

Resource URL: [Pending] 

Learning Objectives

  • Describe some current challenges related to prescription and OTC drug use in the US using authoritative statistical sources
  • Find information about safety and adverse effects of common drugs and chemicals in lactating mothers using LactMed
  • Retrieve FDA prescription drug labels using DailyMed


  • Intro/learning objectives/pre-test (7 minutes)
  • Drug use statistics (5 minutes)
  • NIDA demo (12 minutes)
  • DailyMed demo (12 minutes)
  • LactMed demo (12 minutes)
  • Q&A/PostTest (12 minutes)

MLA CE Credits: 1.0