Substitute generic or chemical names whenever possible

The use of generic or chemical names for products is usually preferred in the text and obligatory in titles and summaries. Generic drug names can be verified in the most recent edition of the USP Dictionary of USAN and International Drug Names. This useful annual guide is considered the standard source for U.S. adopted names (USAN). It includes formal chemical names of drugs, trade names, previously used generic names, and code numbers for investigational drugs, as well as an appendix that details the rules for coining new names. Many other countries have similar means for establishing nonproprietary names (see Council of Science Editors, 2006).

Chemical compounds mentioned in clinical papers can be identified either by a formal chemical name or by a shorter "trivial" (from a chemist's viewpoint) name. The Merck Index (O'Neill et al., 2006) is an authoritative source for verification of these names; check that you have the most recent edition.

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