Brooke Huntley, Week 4, Types of Drug Names

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Types of Drug Names Brooke Huntley HCP/210 06/18/2011 Dr. Victoria McGhee
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There are four types of drug names in the pharmaceutical world. By reading further into this paper one will be able to understand the differences between these names. Also, why one name is used above another name and how they should be used properly. The four types of drug names are chemical, generic, official, and trade name. The chemical name "describes the chemical structure of the drug".( Johnston, M., Frank, C., & Luke, R. 2006). The generic name is given to a drug "by the manufacture before the drug becomes officially recognized". (Johnston, M., Frank, C., & Luke, R. 2006) A generic name is basically the same as the official name when it comes to active ingredients. This name is "established by the (USAN) council". (Johnston, M., Frank, C., & Luke, R. 2006) The official name "is listed in the USP/NF (United States Pharmacopeia/National Formulary)".(Johnston, M., Frank, C., & Luke, R. 2006) The official name is almost but not always the same as the generic name. The trade name is normally what people call "brand" name or "proprietary" name. A trade name is "originally owned by the drug company, and though it can have several trade names it can only have one generic name".( Johnston, M., Frank, C., & Luke, R. 2006) For example, Sertraline has four different drug names: Zoloft is the trade name, C^17H^12N.CLH is the chemical name,
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