Guidelines on the Use of International Nonproprietary Names (INNs) for Pharmaceutical Substances
(1997; 41 pages) View the PDF document
Table of Contents
Close this folder1. General introduction
View the document1.1 General information on the INN system
View the document1.2 Use of INNs
Open this folder and view contents2. Elements in the INN system
Open this folder and view contents3. Principles for selection of INNs
View the document4. Protection of INNs
Open this folder and view contents5. How to apply for an INN
View the document6. References for supporting material
View the documentAnnex 1: Background information on the INN programme
View the documentAnnex 2: General principles for guidance in devising international nonproprietary names for pharmaceutical substances
View the documentAnnex 3: List of common stems used in the selection of INNs
View the documentAnnex 4: Specific groups of biological compounds
View the documentAnnex 5: WHA46.19 - Nonproprietary names for pharmaceutical substances
View the documentAnnex 6: Procedure for the selection of international nonproprietary names for pharmaceutical substances
View the documentAnnex 7: Applications for INNs through national authorities (addresses)
View the documentAnnex 8: INN request form
 

1. General introduction

The present guidelines on the use of INNs are intended as a general explanation of the INN selection process. They have been developed for drug regulatory authorities for use in the marketing authorization/ registration of products, drug manufacturers who are requesting new INNs and those using INNs, patent authorities/offices, trade-mark attorneys and trade-mark specialists, scientists, teachers, health professionals, as well as any person interested in nomenclature.

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