USP Dictionary of U.S. Adopted Names and International Drug Names Released; 51st Edition of a Comprehensive Guide on Drug Substances

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Comprehensive reference helps pharmaceutical and healthcare professionals clearly identify drug products, helping meet quality standards and prevent serious medical errors.

2015 USP USAN Dictionary

2015 USP USAN Dictionary

This guide offers pharmacists, drug manufacturers, and healthcare professionals a clear and comprehensive reference to help meet quality standards and safeguard public health.

The 51st edition of the USP Dictionary of USAN and International Drug Names is now available from the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP).

“This guide offers pharmacists, drug manufacturers, and healthcare professionals a clear and comprehensive reference to help meet quality standards and safeguard public health,” said V. Srini Srinivasan, Ph.D., USP chief science officer.

Developed to support the United States Adopted Names (USAN) program in establishing simple and informative nonproprietary names for drug substances, the USP Dictionary promotes the quality of drug products through trusted methods of drug substance identification, including officially-recognized nomenclature, numeric coding and illustrations depicting precise molecular structure.
This unambiguous identification helps ensure the drug products that are prescribed and dispensed are exactly those intended by physicians and pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, thereby helping to prevent serious medical errors.

The USP Dictionary features clear illustrations of chemical structures for more than 5,000 United States Adopted Names; more than 14,000 Unique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) codes developed by the Federal Drug Administration for the immediate identification of drug substances; nonproprietary names designated by USP in applicable compendial quality standards that are enforceable by FDA; and 13,592 corresponding (CAS) registry numbers.

Other features of note are listings of every International Nonproprietary Name (INN) that has been approved by the World Health Organization since the INN council began, as well as British Approved and Japanese Accepted names.

The dictionary also features an easy-to-use pronunciation guide and allows users to search by formula, enabling quick and easy access to complex molecular structures.

Editions are published annually in January and are available in both print and online formats. Online subscriptions are valid for 12 months from the date of activation.

For more information, contact mediarelations(at)usp(dot)org.

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