Types of Drug Names

prescription_drugs.jpg Knowing the drug classification can provide the health care professional with a great deal of initial information. However, there may be many different drugs with many different names within a class. There may be a chemical name, generic name (non-proprietary) or a trade or brand name (proprietary). The FDA web site has volumes of information relating to pharmacology and is a very valuable resource. The particular address below takes you to the home page for the Orange Book. One of the features of the Orange Book is that you can search for different names for the same drug. Identify 3 trade or brand names for:

  1. acetaminophen
  2. ibuprofen
  3. lidocaine
  4. mepivicaine

By visiting the the http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/default.htm

In Chapter 1 of your text book, you read about the role of the FDA in drug approval. Explore the FDA's web site, www.fda.gov and discuss your thoughts about the value of the web site in the Discussion Board on Blackboard. Then, read the history on the FDA on the same web site. On the Discussion Board, address the reason(s) for the creation of the FDA an if the reasoning reminds you of any problem(s) existing in society today.


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