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Author Topic: What does IP mean on drug names  (Read 8744 times)

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Offline gregftl

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What does IP mean on drug names
« on: August 26, 2009, 05:47:27 PM »
I just got my generic hiv meds thru Canada. The Combivir is called Duovir, and the Viramune is called Nevimune. My question is about the ingredients. The "Viramune" says Nevirapine IP 200mg, and the generica "Combivir" says Lamivudine/Zidovudine 150/300 IP. Does anyone know what the IP means on the ingredient name? I was thinking maybe it means international pharmaceuticals.

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Re: What does IP mean on drug names
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2009, 06:05:09 PM »
drugs have 1 or more proprietry (brand) names and exactly 1 non-proprietry name.

The non-proprietry name is technically the INTERNATIONAL NON-PROPRIETARY NAME.

Nevirapine is the international non-proprietry name for Viramune and Nevimune. Generally, drugs must show which drug is in the pill using the international non-proprietry name so pharmacists and patients know what's what, hence "nevirapine IP" etc.

The international non-proprietry name is sometimes also called the INN.

- matt
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Re: What does IP mean on drug names
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2009, 06:11:22 PM »
ah ok. thanks. so what your basically saying is while a drug can have numerous brand names.......they cant change the name of the ingredient.

btw i looked up INTERNATIONAL NON-PROPRIETARY NAME. it's abbreviated INN not IP so not sure if that's what IP is.
« Last Edit: August 26, 2009, 07:12:17 PM by gregftl »

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Re: What does IP mean on drug names
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2009, 05:42:35 PM »
Yah I was right that's not what IP means. I got an explanation from candrugstore customer service of what IP stand for after the ingredient name:

IP stands for Indian Pharmacopoeia.

The *Indian Pharmacopoeia* is an official drug compendium of the Indian sub-continent^ and is the sole authority for all prescription and over the counter medicines and other health care products manufactured or sold in India. IP(usually suffixed with the respective year of publication for e.g. IP 1996) is published by the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission which is an Autonomous Institution under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India dedicated for setting of standards for drugs, pharmaceuticals and healthcare devices/ technologies etc besides providing Reference Substances and Training.

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Re: What does IP mean on drug names
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2009, 06:55:10 PM »
Same thing, just Indian, there will be (at least) at Spanish version too. It indicates the approved generic name for the licensing authority.

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Offline gregftl

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Re: What does IP mean on drug names
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2009, 01:36:50 AM »
god i hate when people cant admit when they are wrong. ugh know-it-alls!

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Re: What does IP mean on drug names
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2009, 05:40:27 PM »
Me to. I stand corrected. - matt
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