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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:55 pm 
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Just a suggestion.... in med school, students at least used to be told to always use the chemical name of substances and to avoid the brand name. There are a number of reasons for doctors to think in such a way; doctors SHOULD think in terms of what a certain chemical does in the body, as opposed to remembering what that TV commercial said it does. Doctors should also be aware of less-expensive substitutes for brand names that may actually work better than a brand for a specific patient for some reason. Finally, brand names change over time, and differ from one country to the next, whereas chemical names are universal and constant (except for the case with Tylenol, which is called acetominophen in the US and paracetamol elsewhere).

Now that we have generic Subutex, there will some confusion when people talk about Suboxone vs. Subutex vs. 'orally dissolving buprenorphine'. For clarity, it would be best if people used the name of whatever they are actually talking about-- for example if a person has a question about the hexagonal orange tablet from Reckitt Benckiser, call it 'Suboxone', and if a person has a question about buprenorphine, use that word. Doing so will help people remember that buprenorphine is the active substance in Suboxone, and that Subutex and Suboxone are equivalent when taken orally, but different when injected (to some extent).

I'm sure that this idea won't catch on... and you will note that I continue to use the word Suboxone in the title of the forum. I do so because that helps people find the forum, in case you were wondering about the double standard.


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