Our expert says:
OK. When a chemical is identified, it gets a chemical name, such as fluoxetine or paroxetine. The first company to discover it and patent it gets to give it a trade name --- fluexetine was first marketed as Prozac, and so on. Once the original patent has run out, other companies are allowed to make the identical chemical and market it under their own trade name ( these are "generics" --- identical but cheaper. SO a new company sells fluoxetine as ProHexal rather than calling it Prozac ( which is the name its originator, Lilly, called it. Some generics are called, like Deparoc, also by a name like adco-paroxetine, just meaning paroxetine sold by Adco ( formerly Adcock-Ingram, the drug company ). I hope that helps.
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