Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Ask Your Doctor if Orencia is Right For You

The drug that Michelle has been working on for almost the past three years just received FDA approval this week. The drug is designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis. I don't really understand most of the information in this press release, but it sounds like a promising new treatment.

2 comments:

MDS said...

Congratulations to Michelle. Could you follow up on this and explain how the name Orencia® (abatacept) was chosen? I ask because I often find that I prefer the generic name to the brand name of a drug. Say it aloud right now: Doesn't "Ask your doctor about Abatacept" sound better than "Ask your doctor about Orencia"? Too bad I wasn't chosen for the focus groups when they came up with this one.

dhodge said...

Michelle is not sure how they come up with the generic and brand names for drugs. The names have to be approved by the FDA and they can't be too close to the name of an existing drug, but that's about all she knows. Maybe the reason that you usually prefer the generic name to the brand name is because you are a savvy consumer.