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Is FDA changing the name of a pharmaceutical because its misleading name?

Asked by flo (13313points) March 19th, 2019

Is there a pharmaceutical that even the medical field calls it by the misleading and dangerous, maybe deadly name?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

I’m not sure what you are asking.

Are you really asking ‘if there were a drug that had a name like ‘Killertoxin’, would the FDA cause it to be changed to ‘Healthitrocin’? or something like that?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Maybe for Risperdal.. Re-Spirit-all. Sounds like a Final Fantasy video game RPG tonic.

JLeslie's avatar

I’m not sure what you at asking. The FDA does have the power to turn down a name of a drug from what I remember, but it would be done before it gets released into the market usually. Like if a drug sounded too much like another one might be a reason.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Clozapine and Clonazepam and Clozaril are too closely named mental health drugs. I hope that the FDA changes at least one all of the names.

Lightlyseared's avatar

@RedDeerGuy Clozaril is the brand name for clozapine (generic name). So they are the same thing.
Clonazepam is a benzodiazepine which is why it’s got the same ending as diazepam, midazolam etc so people know what it is just from the name.

JLeslie's avatar

^^It is understandably confusing for a lot of people though. Most people don’t understand or think about things like drug class. They don’t understand not all antibiotics are penicillin, or what a cephalosporin is, etc. @RedDeerGuy1 I’m sure does know those things, I’m just talking about the general population.

Similarly named drugs can even be doled out incorrectly from the pharmacy, it’s dangerous. Now, there are many more safeguards compared to years ago.

flo's avatar

@elbanditoroso No because the name killertoxin would make people be curiou. Why they name a medication that but that would be it, if they take it no harm right?

flo's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 Clozapine and Clonazepam and Clozaril I never heard of them but you’re right.
It’s not Risperdal..

flo's avatar

@Lightlyseared I just read your answer, I was going to ask @RedDeerGuy1 something

flo's avatar

@JLeslie Correct, most of us don’t know that much about those kinds of info.

flo's avatar

It’s about the medical field people (along with the lay people) using the usage term instead of the actual term.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Haldol Is sometimes called vitamin H by nurses.

flo's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 Thanks that reminds me to maybe flag the OP to clarify it. The docotors an nurses etc, I don’t know if pharmacists too. They say to patients you can take ”...” so, not just amongst themselves.

flo's avatar

..As an aside, I guess nurses probaly refer to Haldol as Vitamin H jokingly with their patients.

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