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Types of Drug Names Types of Drug Names Jessica Thibodeaux HCP/210 Michael Mozdzierz 01/16/2011 Types of Drug Names Gaining an understanding of the four different types of drug names and what the names are used for can help and person in the pharmacy career field. The information in this paper below will provide the definition of the four types of drug names, how they differ, what they mean, and an overview of the following drugs: atorvastatin, levothyroxine, atenolol, amoxicillin, and azithromycin. “All drugs have more than one name, in fact, most have at least four: a chemical name, a generic name, an official name, and one or more trade names” (Mike Johnston, 2006,p.120). The chemical name is the name given based on the chemical structure of the drug. This name looks like a bunch of symbols and letters that is very complicated to read. The generic name of a drug is provided by the manufacturer and is also known as the non-brand name of the drug for example the generic name of Amoxil is Amoxicillin. This brand is usually cheaper for patients to purchase but has the same effects as the brand name. The official name is how the drug is listed in the United States Pharmacopeia/National Formulary (USP/NF) and sometimes is the same name as the generic name. The trade name is the name of the drug that in which the drug is sold
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