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View Diary: Health Care Series 20090611:  Acetaminophen Concerns (147 comments)

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  •  The developer of a drug (6+ / 0-)

    can give it whatever generic and brand name that it chooses, with some limits.  Acetaminophen is sort of an acronym since there is an acetyl group, a phenyl ring, and such.  Paracetamol has to do with the the two groups on the phenyl ring being para (that is, opposite to each other) and once again, an acetyl group.  The only real way to identify chemical compounds is the IUPAC names and the CAS registry numbers.

    Warmest regards,

    Doc

    "It is not the content of the post, it is the name recognition that makes the Rec List"

    by Translator on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 06:37:17 PM PDT

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