another question on AMF, I found list of drugs under patent that just all sound like gibberish. Of course, drug names have sounded like gibberish for years, but I was just sort of amused to see just how much gibberish there is out there. I don't mean the chemical names (e.g., fluoxetine hydrochloride, sildenafil citrate, etc.), but rather their highfalutin' brand names: Orudin, Tenex, Xigris, Pindal, Luvix, Ifex, Trental, Zebeta, Fortaz, Ucefan, Cygro, Fragmin, Versed, Promit, Apligraf, Geodon, Zubrin, Baptin, Gleevec, etc
. It sounds like an L. Ron Hubbard novel.
Are there conventions for how to name a drug? I recognize that there are some commonly-used syllables (e.g.
, -vert, -vent, -sil, -lin, -max, -rex, -cor, -pro, -mar, -van, -dex, etc
.), which sometimes give an indication of what they actually do (-vent seems to be typically for respiratory tract medications; -sil for skin/fungal medications), but often they have no bearing on either their application or their formula (something like -dex is used in several unrelated medications and may not even indicate that it's a dextrorotated isomer).
Who comes up with them? How do they test the names? Might they actually just be using the random drug name generator