There existing so many names for one and the same pill, how not to get confused about the pills and diagnosys? What information/ knowledge is commonly reflected in the name?
Why are there so many synonims of one and the same pill? What information is reflected in the name?
Added 16 Mar 2011:
I am particularly interested in the process of finding/constructing a suitable trade name for drugs by the manufacturers, in the "histories" of trade name-ctreation. What knowledge/ information is reflected in the name? What, for ex., is - zac in Prozac? I would be grateful if someone could share this information with me or offer a useful link to a page with the "histories" of drug trade names or some name-deciphering techniques, stem-meanings, etc.
Sorry this question has not been answered earlier for you.
Drugs often have several names. When a drug is first discovered, it is given a chemical name, which describes the atomic or molecular structure of the drug. The chemical name is thus usually too complex and cumbersome for general use. Next, a shorthand version of the chemical name or a code name (such as RU 486) is developed for easy reference among researchers.
When a drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration it is given a generic (official) name and a trade (proprietary or brand) name. The trade name is developed by the company requesting approval for the drug and identifies it as the exclusive property of that company. For example, phenytoin
is the generic name and Dilantin is a trade name for the same drug. When a drug is under patent protection, the company markets it under its trade name. When the drug is off-patent (no longer protected by patent), the company may market its product under either the generic name or trade name. Other companies that file for approval to market the off-patent drug must use the same generic name but can create their own trade name. As a result, the same generic drug may be sold under either the generic name or one of many trade names.
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