PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION: A pilot programme to teach pharmacology using the international nonproprietary names in a pharmacy school in Spain
Keywords:Nonproprietary name, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, University
Introduction: In pharmacology lectures, one of the major challenges faced by students is how students can remember an increasing list of a large number of drug names. Although university teachers use the international non-proprietary names (INNs) of drugs in their teaching practice, this is not enough to help students be competent in this area.
Programme description: The School of Health Sciences Blanquerna, University Ramon Llull, was invited to join the World Health Organization (WHO) School of INN (SoINN) project as an expert consultant to represent the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Academic Institutional Membership (AIM). A pilot programme in utilising the INN in the pharmacology lecture in an undergraduate pharmacy programme was conducted.
Evaluation: To assess how the students perceived this new topic, a short survey was conducted at the end of the term. Of the 32 students, 50% of them completed the survey. Most of them provided high value on the use of stems in their learning.
Future plan: The current course was extended to other degrees of the pharmacy programme.
International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) (2020). FIP development goals. FIP. Available at: https://www.fip.org/fip-development-goals
School of International Non-proprietary Names (n.d.). School of international nonproprietary names. Available at: https://extranet.who.int/soinn/
World Health Organization (WHO) (2017a). Guidance on INN. World Health Organization health product and policy standards. Available at: https://www.who.int/teams/health-product-and-policy-standards/inn/guidance-on-inn
World Health Organization (2017b). Learning clinical pharmacology with the use of INNs and their stems. World Health Organization. Available at: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/who-emp-rht-tsn-2018-02