Reference Book Offers Correct Spelling For More Than 10,000 Drug Names

Drug Speller 2010, edited by Anissa R. Nierenberger, aims to offer the correct spelling for more than 10,000 commonly used drugs, including prescription, brand name, generic, experimental, and discontinued pharmaceuticals.

According to Nierenberger, pharmaceutical product names are often misspelled in professional and legal documents.  As a result, Nierenberger compiled more than 10,000 commonly used drugs into one volume to act as a desk reference.  The latest installment of an ongoing annual series, the book organizes drug names in alphabetical order for convenient research.  Information is also categorized into 36 medical specialties, including cardiology, fertility, and diabetes.

“This is the only book that provides spellings for all drugs in one easy-to-use resource,” said Nierenberger.  “It’s designed for reporters, nurses, libraries, hospitals, government agencies, law firms, insurance companies, law enforcement agencies or anyone else in need of accurate information about a wide variety of medications.”

The book lists popularly prescribed medications, lesser-known drugs, and features typographical representation of drug names as intended by their manufacturers including instances of mixing of upper and lower case letters and the insertion of hyphens.

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