Weird Medication Names

Pharmaceutical companies being allowed to market directly to consumers has resulted in a lot of ... creativity ... in the names they come up with for medications. Most of them are pretty weird, and I wonder how they come up with them. Do they come from the minds of their marketing team? Do they have software they've created or paid for to come up with these?

Earlier this year I started keeping a list of weird medication names from TV ads alone – I have not done any kind of research on medication names other than to look up the ones I hear about to see what they are used for. Every time I see a new one I add it to the list.

Here is my list so far:

Name Use
Apretude HIV prevention
Dupixent asthma
Enbrel arthritis
Entresto heart issues
Entyvio ulcerative colitis
Fasenra asthma
Ingrezza involuntary movement
Jardiance Type 2 diabetes
Kerendia kidney damage
Kisqali cancer
Leqvio high cholesterol
Opzelura eczema
Otezla psoriasis
Ozempic type 2 diabetes
Rinvoq arthritis
Rybelsus Type 2 diabetes
Stelara psoriasis, Chrohn’s disease
Tepezza bulging eyes
Trelegy asthma
Tremfya psoriasis
Trintellix antidepressant
Ubrelvy migraines
Vyepti migraines
Xeljanz arthritis
Xiaflex Peyronie's disease

I'm sure this is only the tip of the iceberg, but it's a fun distraction.

In all seriousness, though, I sure hope these medications have helped people to enjoy a better quality of life.


#100DaysToOffload (No. 33) #health #business