Generic names are names of active pharmaceutical ingredients that are usually set by government or medical organizations. For example, there are International Nonproprietary Names (INNs) that are set by the World Health Organization.
Other generic names include (I have included links to their respective web-pages, under the respective organization responsible for their designation):
- United States Adopted Names (USANs), which are assigned by the American Medical Association (AMA) and are used in the United States of America.
- British Approved Names (BANs), which are assigned by the British Pharmacopoeia (BP) and are used in the U.K. (including in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, even though they are not technically “British” areas).
- Australian Approved Names (AANs), which are assigned by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), and are used in Australia.