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DCRx: The DC Center for Rational Prescribing

Better Prescribing for Better Patient Care

The DC Center for Rational Prescribing (DCRx) provides information about medications and other therapeutic options to physicians and healthcare professionals. Rational prescribing is defined as choosing treatments based on the best-available evidence and benefits that outweigh harms. High cost can be considered a possible harm. In order to help healthcare professionals in the District prescribe rationally, the DC Department of Health is providing non-commercial, independent continuing education, along with access to other educational resources.

DCRx offers the following online continuing education courses, free to DC physicians and healthcare professionals, and at minimal cost to healthcare professionals not licensed in Washington, DC.

DC Licensed Healthcare Professionals:

Visit the DCRx learning center for free CME Credit. (Use Code: DCHCP)

Healthcare Professionals Not Licensed in Washington, DC:

Visit the DCRx learning center for CME Credit. ($20 Registration)


 Rational Prescribing for Older Adults

This module discusses the consequences of multiple medication drug use in older adults, misconceptions regarding the treatment of Type II diabetes, pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments for agitation and insomnia, deprescribing, and the importance of a team approach to medication review. The module is accredited for 1.0 CME or CPE credit. View a PDF and references for the module without credit. View additional resources.

Medical Cannabis: An Introduction to the Biochemistry & Pharmacology

This module discusses the pharmacology of major cannabinoids in Cannabis species, and the quality assessment, modes of administration, and common formulations of medical cannabis. The endocannabinoid system will also be discussed. The module is accredited for 1.0 CME or CPE credit. View a PDF and references for the module without credit. View additional resources

Medical Cannabis: Evidence on Efficacy

This module summarizes the state of the evidence and provides clinical perspective on the use of medical cannabis and cannabinoids for treating chronic and acute pain, cancer care, nausea/vomiting, neurologic conditions, glaucoma, and psychiatric conditions. The module is accredited for 1.0 CME or CPE credit. View a PDF and references for  the module without credit. View additional resources.

Medical Cannabis: Adverse Effects and Drug Interactions

This module provides evidence-based information on the safety profile of medical cannabis. Topics include common contraindications, adverse effects, and drug interactions. Specific effects on the respiratory, cardiovascular, immune, neuropsychiatric, reproductive, and other organ systems will be discussed. The module is accredited for 1.0 CME or CPE credit. View a PDF and references for the module without credit. View additional resources.

Drug Approval and Promotion in the United States

This module describes the United States drug approval process from pre-clinical trials to post-marketing surveillance, regulation of drug advertising and promotion, adverse event surveillance, and how to report adverse drug events and misleading advertising to FDA. The module is accredited for 1.0 CME or CPE credit. View a PDF and references for the module without credit. View additional resources.

Generic Drugs: Myths and Facts

This module describes the standards the FDA uses to approve generic drugs; differences and similarities between branded and generic drugs; the difference between generic drugs and generic drug names; bioequivalence; patent extension techniques; and common myths about generic drugs. The module is accredited for 1.0 CME or CPE credit. View a PDF and references for the module  without credit. View Additional resources.


Additional Resources for Rational Prescribing Information

For questions or comments on DCRx, email DCRx@gwu.edu.

 

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