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Am Fam Physician. 2004;70(6):1031

to the editor: Could you please resume using the commonly used proprietary name in parentheses after the generic whenever possible? I do not always remember the generic name of a medication, often because so many of the drugs in a medication class have similar sounding names. This would save me time when reading American Family Physician (AFP), help me understand what I am reading without having to look up the name in the Physicians’ Desk Reference, and reduce confusion about which medication is being referred to in the article. I understand there may be some idealogic reason for not using the proprietary name, but it is often the name most commonly used when discussing the medication. Please give this every consideration. I know many of my colleagues feel the same way.

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