Drugs Often Have Several Names
Generic names are assigned in the United States by an official body. There is only one generic name. Brand names (also called trade)are assigned by the company, or companies, manufacturing the drug. There may be more than one brand name. The brand name is used when a drug is under patent protection; once expired (20 years after the filing date), the drug can be marketed under the generic name. Generic drugs are usually less expensive.
Brand or trade drug names are capitalized, generic drug names are not.
Example: Percocet is the brand name of the generic drug oxycodone.
Example: Benadryl, Sominex, Unisom and Nytol are brand names of the generic drug diphenhydramine.
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