Drug Names


This app is intended for the use of Australian pharmacists, doctors and nurses and contains 1880 drug brand names and 910 Approved names that are marketed in Australia. The app is not intended as a source of information for lay people and while the author regards the information as true and accurate, the author does not accept any legal responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions that may have been made.
This app has been programmed to translate an entered brand name on the screen quickly into a new screen showing the Approved Name in uppercase and with a list of the corresponding brand names in alphabetical order in lower case. It can also translate an entered Approved Name into a new screen with an alphabetical list of brand names. Additionally, by tapping on Clinical Use and/or Mode of Action of that drug then additional brief information is shown. This is summarised information and not a substitute for the detailed information on that drug which can be found in the Product Information sheets provided by the manufacturer in Australia (www.ebs.tga.gov.au) or in the Australian Medicines Handbook/website or eMIMS website.

Patent protection (i.e. exclusive sale of a drug by the discoverer/developer) for many of the commonly prescribed drugs today has expired as protection has a finite life of 20 years. This has led to the marketing of such 'out of patent' drugs by several generic manufacturers using different 'brand names' for the original Approved Name initially defined by the United Nations World Health Organisation Pharmacoepia. While the Approved Name of a drug is universally used in medical textbooks and journals as well as in teaching to medical, pharmacy and nursing students, brand names are not used as these can and do vary from country to country depending on copyright. On the other hand, doctors are pressured by manufacturers to prescribe by brand names while pharmacists are pressured to dispense a container with a generic brand name even if the doctor has written a prescription for the Approved Name of a drug.
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May 20, 2018
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4.0.3 and up
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