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[e-drug] Adrenalin - epinephrine

  • From: Stein Lyftingsmo <sjappe@apotek.no>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2000 05:01:28 -0500 (EST)

E-drug: Adrenalin - epinephrine

Adrenaline/epinephrine is one of the most important drugs without one
globally accepted name. Another one is paracetamol/acetaminophen.
There is a very interesting article about adrenaline/epinephrine in BMJ
written by Jeffrey K Aronsen.

Summary points:

A European Commission directive requiring member states to use
recommended international non-proprietary names for all drugs is soon
to be implemented. For most drug names there will be little or no
change. For around two dozen drugs the changes are more important;
these will be dual labelled during the five year changeover period.

It is intended that adrenaline (British approved name) will be changed
to epinephrine (recommended international non-proprietary name).

The strong arguments for persuading the European Union to resist this
particular change are based on usage, history, etymology, and, most
importantly, risk of clinical errors.

I believe the alternative to EU changing to Epinephrine is US changing
to Adrenaline. I would prefer the latter very strongly.

What do you think?

Stein Lyftingsmo
Hospital pharmacy of Elverum
e-mail: sjappe@apotek.no
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