When you get sick, usually you go to see a doctor. With a checkup, doctor makes conclusions about your sickness.
Afterwards, he decides to give several medicines, which will cause to heal your illness, up to certain level. He writes a prescription which consists of your medicine list. After you received that, you might try to read what medicines are there. In some cases, you will lose your effort because of some medicines’ names. Some names are readable. Some are seem to be jargons.
Some can twist your tongue. With your unsuccessful effort, you may have so many questions about medicines’ names. Let’s find answers for those questions.
Actually what is medicine? Medicine has two basic meanings. Number one is, it refers as the science of healing; the practice of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, and the promotion of health. Second one is medications, drugs, substances used to treat and cure diseases, and to promote health. According to Medilexicon’s medical dictionary, Medicine is a drug.
Every medicine has its unique name. Many medications have two names because more than one version of the medicine is available. The brand name is the name given to a medicine by the pharmaceutical company that makes it. This is also called the “proprietary name”.And the generic or scientific name is the term given to the active ingredient in the medicine that is decided by an expert committee, and is understood internationally.
This is also called the ‘non-proprietary name’. For example, Metformin is the generic name of a medicine used to treat diabetics. Biovail, the company that makes Metformin, sells it under the brand name Glumetza.
Pharmaceutical companies take out a patent (exclusive rights) for each new medicine they discover. This patent lasts for up to 20 years, during which time the medicine is studied in clinical trials and then approved for sale by expert committees, such as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). When the medicine becomes available, only the pharmaceutical company that discovered it is able to sell it using their brand name, until the patent runs out.
After the patent runs out, other companies can produce their own version of the medicine. For example, ibuprofen is the generic name of a medicine used to treat pain.
Some companies will sell ibuprofen as branded versions, such as Nurofen and Hedex. Other manufacturers, such as Boots or Tesco, sell it under the generic name “ibuprofen”.Medicines sold under their generic name are usually cheaper, because the research and development costs are lower. However, they contain the same active ingredient as the equivalent branded medicines.Generic medicines also go through detailed safety and quality requirements.
In rare cases, branded medicines are prescribed because they are the most suitable product. If this happens to you, it’s important to stay on the branded medicine, rather than changing to a generic medicine.For example, the body absorbs some medicines used to treat epilepsy in slightly different ways.
This has a big effect on how the medicine works. In these cases, you should continue to use the brand you’ve been prescribed. Your general practitioner will tell you if this is the right treatment for your particular condition.
If someone asks me why medicine was invented; answer is, because people is in scared of dying. Anyway medicines have become a good market product currently because those companies earn massive income. There is no point to decrease of patients in future in this world.
We can assume it through today situation. People are facing various type of illnesses, disasters in their life. With that issue, scientists will find more and more new medicines for diseases. That means various medicines’ names will be coming to the market in future.