Guidance

Naming human medicines

Guidance on naming human medicines, including Braille requirements for the name on the product label.

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MHRA guideline for the naming of medicinal products and braille requirements for name on label

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This Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance for the pharmaceutical industry selecting or constructing a product name covers:

  • the criteria used to assess the suitability of invented names
  • additional criteria used to assess the suitability of invented names for non-prescription medicines
  • criteria used in assessing the suitability of qualifiers/abbreviations
  • criteria used in assessing the acceptability of umbrella segments of product names
  • criteria for the generic naming of medicines, international non-proprietary names or common name
Published 23 December 2009