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  • 1.  Drug names

    Posted 05-23-2019 21:20
    Several months ago I came a across an article that broke down the drug names and classes by their suffixes. It was a very complete chart explaining what all the different letters meant. I set it aside in a “safe place”. And now I can not find it. If any one has a copy of this can you please repost it. Thank you
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  • 2.  RE: Drug names

    Posted 05-24-2019 06:40
    Can I get a copy as well.

    Janette Cole
    The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute
    New Albany OH

  • 3.  RE: Drug names

    Posted 05-24-2019 08:35
    ​I would also appreciate a copy, please and thank you.

    Nancy Wannall RN
    Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
    Tallahassee FL

  • 4.  RE: Drug names

    Posted 05-25-2019 10:13
    We have something similar, I would love a copy too please please. Thank you!!

    ToKamy "Kamy" Alejo, RN, OCN
    Clinical Infusion Nurse
    Texas Oncology
    Waco, Texas

  • 5.  RE: Drug names

    Posted 05-26-2019 08:03
    I would love a copy also, Thank you! Gigi

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  • 6.  RE: Drug names

    Posted 05-28-2019 12:38

    I would appreciate a copy of this as well.


    Thank you,



    Cindy Milazo RN, BSN, OCN

    Manager of Nursing Services

    Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers

    Southeast Division: Aurora, Littleton,

    Swedish, and Parker

    Mobile: 303-817-3196

    Office: 303-418-7670




  • 7.  RE: Drug names

    Posted 05-24-2019 07:22
    Is this what you're looking for?

    Mike Fitzpatrick
    Oncology Territory Manager
    Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
    Rossford OH

  • 8.  RE: Drug names

    Posted 05-24-2019 08:56
    Hi. There's a comprehensive listing of stems ("Last updated: May 2019") at but for all drugs – I assume the one you had was limited to cancer drugs. This one does have a lot of antineoplastics and MoAbs like the following:

    Stem Definition Examples

    -mab Monoclonal antibodies imciromab; abciximab; capromab; dacliximab; detumomab; enlimomab

    -platin Antineoplastics (platinum derivatives) cisplatin

    Here are a few others published as articles but these are older:
    The Names of Targeted Therapies Give Clues to How They Work - The "-mab" family is used when receptor targets are overexpressed on the outside of cancer cells…The sub stem of the generic names of the "-mabs" identifies the source where the antibodies were generated or cloned…
    Sorting Through the Confusion of Biologic Drug Names - The suffix "zomib" is the designation for protease or proteasome inhibitors…
    I'm Talking to You-Mab-How to Pronounce the New, Unpronounceable Pharmaceuticals

    Mark Vrabel
    Oncology Nursing Society
    Pittsburgh PA

  • 9.  RE: Drug names

    Posted 05-24-2019 22:24
    Thank you. These are perfect 
    The October article was the one

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  • 10.  RE: Drug names

    Posted 05-28-2019 08:22
    Maybe either of these?

    Maureen Stannard RN BS
    Hanover NH