Bad drug names.
Bad drug names are nothing new. Who really wants to take “little liver pills” even if they do cure biliousness and a furred tounge? But some of the newer drug names make me long for the days of little liver pills. Here are some examples.
Aciphex. Say that out loud a couple of times in front of a mirror. The emphasis is on first syllable and the “c” is soft (not pronounced like a “k”). This drug is used to treat acid indigestion, thus the “aci” prefix. The first time I heard the name of this drug was from a TV commercial. I wasn’t paying attention to the TV until I heard a bunch of people saying “aciphex” over and over. Then I took notice. Why were these people swearing on TV? In the last line of the commercial they spell the name, which explains a lot. Someone in the marketing department needs to go back to school.
Cytoxan. This is a chemotherapy drug. While I admire them for their honesty in admitting the stuff is poison, I have to admit that putting anything that sounds like “toxin” in the name of a drug is a very bad idea.
Crestor. It’s supposed to reduce cholesterol but really sounds like something you use to brush your teeth.
Trinessa. This is a birth control pill. Soon someone will name her child “Trinessa.” Wait and see. Ditto with Ziana, which is an antibiotic cream used to treat acne, Xclair, which is a cream to relieve radiation (x-ray) burns, and Xerac, which is a prescription anti-perspirant and, presumably, the name of a very sweaty Vulcan from Star Trek. Apparently it’s also trendy to begin your drug name with Z or X.
Feel free to add your own.