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USAN Council Meeting Summaries

United States Adopted Names Council
Meeting Summary
Friday, July 17, 2015
Rockville, Md.

The 2015 Winter Meeting of the United States Adopted Names (USAN) Council was held Friday, July 17, 2015 in Rockville, Maryland at the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention. 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 American Medical Association (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 with a slight increase 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

32 negotiations were discussed:  sixteen biologics, seven multiple round, nine new negotiations.

WHO-INN nomenclature and USAN-sponsored applications

USAN sponsored 29 percent of the new INN applications discussed (30 USAN-sponsored applications). 

There were minor changes to twelve USAN Council recommended names.

USAN policy

New stems:  seven approved by the Council.

Harmonization of definitions with INN: one approved by the Council.

USAN website

Website statistics included average site views per month, year-to-date totals and average time viewed, and demographic information of USAN website visitors.

Medication error issues

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Medication Errors Reporting Program covering November 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015 and cumulative data since May 1, 2002 was discussed.

USP updates

USP representative provided information pertaining to USP activities.