Prescription and Over the Counter Drugs: Supporting Patients with Evidence Based Information

Category: Public Health Professional


This course is designed to demonstrate how resources for the National Library of Medicine can be used to help the public health and healthcare community find free information on prescription and Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.


Intended Audience


Medical professionals, public health workers, first responders, students, and librarians looking to assist the public health and healthcare community find free information on prescription and OTC drugs.


Learning objectives

At the end of this training module, you will be able to:

  • Describe some current challenges related to prescription and OTC drug use in the USA 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.


Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Domain 6: Public Health Science Skills
  • 6B5. Retrieves evidence (e.g., research findings, case reports, community surveys) from print and electronic sources (e.g., PubMed, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, The World Health Report) to support decision making.




Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Nora Barnett, Outreach Specialist and Derek Johnson, MLIS, Associate Director

Network of the National Library of Medicine

Greater Midwest Region

Technical requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

Register a free account

Creation and/or update

Released February 2021