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Glossary of Drug Names

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Thanks you Faithand Hope79 for your request for a glossary of drug names. Here’s a start.

Generic Name

Brand Name

Scientific Name

“Slang” Name

Bevacizumab

Avastin

Bev

Carboplatin

Paraplatin

Carbo

Cetuximab

Erbitux

C225

Cisplatin

Platinol

CDDP

Cis

Crizotinib

Xalkori

PF-02341066

Denosumab

Xgeva

Docetaxel

Taxotere

Doc

Erlotinib

Tarceva

Erl

Etoposide

VP16

Gefitinib

Iressa

Gemcitabine

Gemzar

Gem

Irinotecan

Camptosar

CPT11

Paclitaxel

Taxol

Nab-Paclitaxel

Abraxane

Pemetrexed

Alimta

Pem

Vinorelbine

Navelbine

Vin

Zoledronic acid

Zometa

Let me know if I missed any drugs you want to see and I’ll add them.


11 Responses to Glossary of Drug Names

  • FaithAndHope79 says:

    Wow, Dr. Weiss, I am grateful for such a quick response and it is a beautiful table. They are all alphabetically ordered and you even added “Slang” Name to it. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. I don’t have anything to add for now because I haven’t experienced much and don’t know much. Could a link of this post be added to somewhere for easy access?

    Many many thanks, Dr. Weiss,

    Jing

  • Apra says:

    Dr. Weiss, Thanks. Could you add Xgeva too because I want to know all the names it comes by and why its not available in India
    Very Good work
    Apra

  • Dr West says:

    Also, crizotinib has a newly christened marketing name of “Xalkori” (the “alk” is right in it), which is usually a late step shortly before the drug is ready to launch commercially.

  • Dr. Weiss says:

    Xalkori sounds to me like a tasty, Asian desert for some reason. At any rate, both Xgeva and Xalkori added. I look forward to needing to ammend this list further as we make advances.

  • ts says:

    Isn’t Xalkori a variation of baklava?

  • ssflxl says:

    Dr. Weiss,

    this is a great start. hopefully, there will be more added – including vaccines too.

    ssflxl

  • ts says:

    afatinib?

  • Dr Sanborn says:

    This is an excellent table, Dr. Weiss. Thank you for doing this. Hopefully over time we will continue to see the table expand as new agents and options come along!

  • Terryl says:

    I am sure xalkori is the name of the people from the planet xalkor

  • mimiphan says:

    Thank you Dr. Weiss for making this excellent table!

  • FaithAndHope79 says:

    ts is right. Afatinib is not in the table. Dr. Weiss, could you add it? Thank you.

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