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October 28, 1974

Standardization of Drug Names

Author Affiliations

West Newton, Mass

JAMA. 1974;230(4):540. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240040018019

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To the Editor.—  Since the publication of my article, "Standardization of Drug Names" (229:541, 1974), stimulated the production of two editorials and a commentary, it appears clear that, in spite of minor criticisms, there is deep interest in the problem. It can also be maintained that my conclusions are not invalidated. There is indeed "a growing opinion that practicing physicians and medical teachers should strongly promote the abolition of multiple proprietary names." Furthermore, the American Pharmaceutical Association, at its August meeting, adopted a resolution to this effect.One editorial (229:559, 1974) recalled that an earlier editorial published a decade ago asserted that "physicians should be encouraged regularly to use nonproprietary names," followed by a qualification almost identical in intent with my conclusion, which reads in part: "At the same time, the prescribing physician must be free to designate the manufacturer or brand when, in his judgment, it is advantageous to