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Why do pharmaceutical drugs have two unique, ridiculous, made-up names?

Asked by ben (8518points) August 21st, 2008

For example: ABILIFY(aripiprazole), Lunesta (eszopiclone), etc. It makes sense that they make up the ridiculous marketing name. But the seconds names don’t seem like chemicals, they just look like more absurd, obscure, made-up names. Am I missing something?

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