Oh? Why?BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7292.967 (Published 21 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:967
- Jeff Aronson, clinical pharmacologist
The responses to the article in which I argued the case for using the term adrenaline rather than epinephrine as the recommended international non-proprietary name (BMJ 2000;320:506-9) were almost all supportive. And some of the respondents cited other difficulties with names of drugs. For example, Tom Sargent, a West Lothian general practitioner, mentioned hydroxocobalamin: “Look for it in the British National Formulary or MIMS,” he wrote. “Hydroxocobalamin does exist. The ‘fuzzy logic’ between my ears allows the mark one eyeball to pick out the index entries for vitamin B-12 but [computer] search engines balk at the use of ‘o’ and ‘y’ in …
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