Xyotax (Paclitaxel Poliglumex)...

Have you ever wondered how medicines get their names?

Does someone toss a dart at a board or randomly flip through pages to dream up some name?

There IS method to the seeming madness.

"The purpose of the United States Adopted Names (USAN) Council is to serve the health professions in the United States by selecting simple, informative, and unique nonproprietary names for drugs by establishing logical nomenclature classifications based on pharmacological and/or chemical relationships.

"The USAN Council (tri-sponsored by the American Medical Association (AMA), the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), aims for global standardization and unification of drug nomenclature and related rules to ensure that drug information is communicated accurately and unambiguously, working closely with the International Nonproprietary Name (INN) Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO), and various national nomenclature groups."

(Just some "boring" reading... sure to enlighten you, amaze your friends, and stupefy your enemies!)
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Forgive me if this is not entirely accurate because I've been separate from Chemistry lectures for a few years, but chemical names typically describe their makeup. For instance, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) is a form of cellulose composed of carboxymethyl groups. Now things like Xyotax are brand names that are somewhat derived from the product's chemical or drug name. They sell products with simpler, catchier names than their chemical names for good reasons; who would be able to remember Paclitaxel Poliglumex?
I chose CMC because most whom would be remotely familiar with chemistry would recognize the name, hence would have some understanding of the fundamentals of nomenclature.

If you or others have downloaded and perused the document, you'll notice the "stems" are an outstanding mnemonic-type device.

For example, the "-alol" stem (as in labetalol, medroxalol, etc.) indidcates the meds so using those stems are a combined alpha&beta blocker.

As well, the "-caine" family (lido, dibu, etc.) are local anesthetics.

The meds like cefazolin (the stem being "-cef") are cephalosporins.

Another common stem is "-cillin," as in penicillin, amox, etc. Those are the penicillin meds.

Here's one that the farmers among us ought to recognize!


As in iver, dora, and moxid (antiparasitics!

And for those whom are hypertensive (high blood pressure) they're bound to recognize the "-dralazine" family! As in, hy, en, etc. (anti-hypertensive in the hydrazine-phtalazines group)

It's really kinda' fun stuff... but only if you want to accept responsibility for your health by learning!

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(-War in?-)

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