Medical Terminology Quiz: Brand and Generic Drugs

Generic: Official Name – Brand: Company Trademark Name


Generic names, once a drug has been approved as safe and effective by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), are assigned by an official body – the United States Adopted Names Council.Generic and Trade Name Drugs

Drugs have only one generic name. 

Brand names (also called trade names) are developed by the company or companies that manufacture them. Brand names identify the drug as the property of the company.

There may be more than one brand name.

Brand names are capitalized and generic drug names are not. For example, Motrin and Advil are brand names for the generic drug ibuprofen.

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