[LMB] Stupid drug names.

Joel Polowin jpolowin at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 16 23:55:51 GMT 2021

Matija Grabnar <lmb at matija.com> wrote:
> I am not a doctor, but I've been reading about this recently, and I 
> understand that there are a number of constraints a name has to satisfy. 
> It has to sound differently from other medicines (so that nobody is 
> confused when a doctor orders a medicine verbally, in a noisy emergency 
> room, operating room, intensive care room etc) and the form of the name 
> tells doctors something about what the medicine does.
> For instance, anything ending in -zole is a "proton pump inhibitor" and 
> anything ending with -mycin is a Penicillin-type antibiotic.

It must be specifically "-prazole".  An "azole" is something different,
in organic chemistry: a five-membered aromatic ring with a nitrogen atom
and at least one other non-carbon atom (i.e. two nitrogen atoms is one


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