Timothy O'Shea, PharmD
Timothy O'Shea, PharmD
Timothy O'Shea, PharmD, is a Clinical Pharmacist at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. He graduated from MCPHS University - Boston in 2015 and subsequently completed a PGY-1 Managed Care Pharmacy Residency at Horizon. His professional interests include pharmacy legislation and managed care pharmacy. He can be followed on Twitter at @toshea125.

12 Difficult-to-Pronounce Drug Names

FEBRUARY 21, 2016
Patients often struggle with pronouncing both generic and brand-name medications, but they’re not alone.
 
With thousands of FDA-approved medications on the market, it can be difficult for pharmacists to stay up-to-date on drug name pronunciations.
 
Here is a list of medications with names that may require some practice.
 
1. Talimogene Laherparepvec
In October 2015, talimogene laherparepvec (Imlygic) became the first FDA-approved oncolytic virus therapy indicated for the treatment of melanoma lesions in the skin and lymph nodes. It is injected directly into the melanoma lesions, where it replicates inside cancer cells and causes them to rupture and die.  
 
Pronunciation
Talimogene laherparepvec (tal IM oh jeen la her pa REP vek)
 
2. Botulinum Toxins: OnabotulinumtoxinA, AbobotulinumtoxinA, RimabotulinumtoxinB, IncobotulinumtoxinA
Botulinum toxin types A and B can be used for the treatment of upper motor neuron syndrome, focal hyperhidrosis, chronic migraine, blepharospasm, strabismus, and cervical dystonia, among other indications. They are also widely used in cosmetic treatments.
 
Pronunciations
OnabotulinumtoxinA (oh nuh BOT yoo lin num TOKS in aye)
AbobotulinumtoxinA (aye bo BOT yoo lin num TOKS in aye)
RimabotulinumtoxinB (rime uh BOT yoo lin num TOKS in bee)
IncobotulinumtoxinA (in kuh BOT yoo lin num TOKS in aye)
 
3. Idarucizumab
In October 2015, the FDA approved idarucizumab (Praxbind) for use in patients taking the anticoagulant dabigatran (Pradaxa) during emergency situations where there is a need to reverse the drug’s blood-thinning effects.  
 
Pronunciation
Idarucizumab (eye da roo SIZ uh mab)


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