Over the Counter Drugs

Tuition: $79

Hours: 4

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of pharmacology and toxicology of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Emphasis is on the mechanism of action (MOA) of the OTC drugs and usage in the chiropractic practice in Oregon. The course covers the action of OTC drugs and other chemicals on the various organ systems of the body. A variety of OTC medications will be covered, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Current applications of pharmacology in chiropractic practice will be emphasized. Completion of this course is a requirement for the qualification in the use of OTC drugs and chiropractic clinical practice.


The content of this course is provided through online reading material in which the learner’s participation (time) is actively tracked and logged. This class requires you to log a minimum of 4 hours and obtain a minimum 80% of the possible points on EACH quiz to receive credit for the class. If you do not pass a quiz on your first attempt, you will be directed to specific reading by the instructor and provided the opportunity to successfully complete the class.

No textbooks required. Computer and Internet service required for completion of this course. Funding sources and potential conflicts of interest statement: No funds were received, underwritten or subsidized by any vendors of any goods including supplies or services for this course.


Unit Topics:

  1. The FDA and the Regulation of Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs and Related Products
  2. The U.S. OTC Drug Market: Economics and Usage
  3. Oregon DC Laws Regarding OTC Products
  4. OTCs and Special Populations and Conditions
  5. OTC Drug Categories and The Role of Chiropractic
  6. OTC Traditional Medicine Pain Relief
  7. OTC Alternative Products Pain Relief
  8. OTC Respiratory System Products
  9. Gastrointestinal System OTC Products
  10. Integumentary System OTC Products
  11. Ophthalmic OTC Products
  12. Dental/Oral OTC Products
  13. Miscellaneous OTC Products: Sleep Aids, Hormonal Products, and Hemorrhoid Products


After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Develop a working knowledge of the general principles and applications of pharmacology and toxicology.
  2. Become familiar with common prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications (OTCs), and poisons.
  3. Develop a practical understanding of pharmacological agents important to chiropractic practice in the state of Oregon.
  4. Address the requirements as set forth by the state of Oregon for all first-year licensed chiropractors.


This syllabus is a representation of the requirements for successful completion of the course, containing the objectives, content, organization, and evaluation processes. It is the student’s responsibility to read, comprehend, and act on the syllabus’ objectives, content, and requirements. The faculty teaching this course reserves the right to reasonably alter the sequence of activities, assignment dates, and evaluation and assignment methods or styles. Every effort will be made to inform the class members in advance of such changes. Students are responsible for following the syllabus and any changes instituted by the faculty. Should there be any questions or need for reasonable interpretation of clarification of the syllabus, the student must contact the lead course instructor/syllabus author(s) to obtain answers to the above.

All opinions, viewpoints and recommendations contained in this presentation represent those of the author alone and do not represent the opinions, viewpoints or recommendations of any organization with which the author may be affiliated, including, without limitation, the USOC or/and the ACBSP.