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June 30, 1978

What's in a Name?-Reply

JAMA. 1978;239(26):2759. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280530023009

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The old nonproprietary names are hard to change, but "phenoxymethyl penicillin" has been "penicillin V" since July 1, 1975, and while we have made several unseccessful attempts in the past at changing "dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate," we are hopeful that the United States Pharmacopeia will accept the USAN Council's current recommendation, "docusate sodium." If other names are troublesome, we will see what can be done.

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