Generic name, drug
The term "generic name" has several meanings as regards drugs: The chemical name of a drug. A term referring to the chemical makeup of a drug rather than to the advertised brand name under which the drug is sold. A term referring to any drug marketed under its chemical name without advertising. "Diazepam" is an example of the chemical (generic) name of a sedative. It is marketed by some companies under its generic name and by other companies under brand names such as Valium or Vazepam. Generic drugs marketed without brand names are less expensive than brand-name drugs even though they are chemically identical to brand-name drugs and meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for safety, purity and effectiveness.

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  • brand-name drug — noun a drug that has a trade name and is protected by a patent (can be produced and sold only by the company holding the patent) • Syn: ↑proprietary drug • Ant: ↑generic drug • Hypernyms: ↑drug …   Useful english dictionary

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  • generic-drug law — n. A law allowing pharmacists to offer customers less expensive generic drugs when filling prescriptions for a brand name drug. Webster s New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000 …   Law dictionary

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