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Freedom from the tryanny of the use of letters from the end of the
alphabet in the naming of pharmaceutical products can be found in our
older indigenous languages. Gaelic uses an older form of the Latin
alphabet and, in addition to having no j, k or q, it gets along quite
happily without v, w, x, y and z. Even the letter h is really more of a
By use of Gaelic, I see no reason why we should not be able to
develop comprehensive and effective formularies using a limited list of
tried and tested medicines. Monoclonal antibodies would not be excluded.