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USAN Council Meeting Summaries

United States Adopted Names Council
Meeting Summary
Friday, January 17, 2014
Phoenix, Ariz.

The 2014 Winter Meeting of the United States Adopted Names (USAN) Council was held Friday, January 17, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The topics discussed at this meeting included general USAN activities and policies, issues relating to drug nomenclature, and proposed USAN reviews and recommendations.

All members of the USAN Council were in attendance, as well as the members of the USAN Program staff housed at the AMA.  Additional observers were present from the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) International Nonproprietary Name (INN) Program.

The following items were discussed:

USAN activities

Negotiation stats showed a steady flow in adoptions and slight decline in new submissions.

USAN Program activities discussed included statistical reports on active negotiations, cumulative adopted names, and USAN participation in the INN Program.

USAN negotiations

31 negotiations were discussed:  two revisions, five biologics, two multiple round, eighteen new negotiations, and four deferred.

WHO-INN nomenclature and USAN-sponsored applications

USAN sponsored 32 percent of the new INN applications discussed (34 USAN-sponsored applications).  There were minor changes to four USAN Council recommended names.

USAN policy

New stems:  three approved by the Council.

USAN website

Website statistics included average site views per month, year-to-date totals and average time viewed.

Medication error issues

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Medication Errors Reporting Program covering May 1, 2013 - October 31, 2013 and cumulative data since May 1, 2002 was discussed.

USP updates

USP representative provided information pertaining to USP activities.