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How Do Drugs Like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab Get Their Names?

14/07/2021 11:25 PM | Click to read full article

Any marketed drug has three names. The chemical name is the first and most complex name assigned to a drug, and is based on its molecular structure.

Second, a generic or non-proprietary name is usually a shorthand version of the drug’s structure or mechanism of action. Third, the brand, or proprietary, name is the more pronounceable of all.