USP Dictionary

The USP Dictionary of United States Adopted Names (USAN) and International Drug Names is the leading reference for nonproprietary drug names and chemical structures. In addition to USANs, the USP Dictionary provides International Nonproprietary Names (INNs), British Approved Names, Japanese Accepted Names, brand names, Unique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) codes, manufacturers, official USP–NF names, molecular weights, graphic formulas, pharmacologic and/or therapeutic categories, and pronunciations.

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Highlights & Features

The 2020 edition features the latest drug name updates and information, including:

  • 6,226 United States Adopted Names (USAN) - 203 are new
  • 12,872 nonproprietary drug name entries
  • 3,547 brand names
  • 15,224 Unique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) codes
  • 7,423 code designations, including 402 Cancer Chemotherapy National Service Center (NSC) numbers
  • 14,839 Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) registry numbers
  • 10,700 graphics
  • 203 new pronunciations

Subscription Information

  • USP Dictionary updates and revisions are published annually each January.
  • Subscriptions are available exclusively in online format, valid for 12 months from date of activation.

Benefits & Applications

The USP Dictionary helps to:

  • Ensure official compliance in product labeling in order to obtain new drug approval and to avoid "misbranded" products
  • Determine established generic drug names to use in advertising and labeling as required by U.S. federal law
  • Preserve trademark rights to drug brand names by using proper generic names
  • File accurate and acceptable INDs, NDAs, and ANDAs
  • Avoid errors in reports, correspondence, articles, and package inserts
  • Verify names and spellings of materials used in laboratory research
  • Group drug products into families
  • Determine exact chemical structures and compositions
  • Avoid serious verbal medication errors

An Essential Reference for

  • Scientists and professionals working in pharmaceutical and related industries, specifically regulatory affairs, quality control, and quality assurance
  • Libraries and schools of medicine and pharmacy
  • Pharmacists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who need to pronounce and spell drug names correctly