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Vioxx, Celebrex... "Prexige"?

Reading this NYTimes article about the possible fate of the COX-2 inhibitors after Merck pulled its version (Vioxx) from the shelves, I had the pleasure of learning that Novartis calls its version "Prexige," and that Pfizer has another drug in this class called "Bextra."

All these Xs made me think it was time to dig up an article about how drugs are named.

(Note: the comments for this post are closed. This many drug names in one post will attract too much spam. My blog would be drowned under 300 comments offering "Erecto" over the internet...)