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February 2, 1946

SILLY NAMES FOR PENICILLIN PRODUCTS

JAMA. 1946;130(5):279. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870050031011

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Abstract

The name "penicillin," which truly reflects the source of the product, was deliberately chosen as a descriptive title. The modesty of the investigators led them to avoid eponyms. Now, however, leaders in the drug and chemical industries, apparently avid for the kind of profits that can be derived from well exploited medical specialties, have let their imaginations and their greed run riot in a search for specific trade names to designate some penicillin products.

In the January 1946 issue of New Modern Drugs are some extraordinary examples of this deliberate degradation of science. Instead of selling penicillin under its simple and well known name, they have become downright silly and offer penicillin under so many names that only a professional solver of crossword puzzles could guess the nature of the products that these names conceal.

Wyeth, Inc., is credited with marketing Amphocillin, Penioral and Bucillin, Squibb with Topicillin and Delacillin,

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