Top Mispronounced Brand-Name Drugs

JANUARY 12, 2015
Part of a pharmacist's job description is to remain professional and composed. This usually is not a problem—until someone completely butchers a drug name.
It’s true that some drug names are hard to pronounce, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to keep a straight face. 
Here’s a sampling from my personal collection of brand-name drug phonetic flubs, with mispronunciations in parentheses:

1. Abilify (A-Billy-fy, Ability)
2. Butrans (But-runs)
3. Cialis (See-all-this)
4. Dilaudid (Dilude)
5. Entex LA (Entex Louisiana)
6. Glucophage (Glu-pan-age)
7. Humalog kwikpen (Humalog Kiwi-Pen)
8. Keflex (Kel-flex, Kee-flex)
9. KY Jelly (Kentucky Jelly)
10. Lyrica (Lie-reek-ka)
11. MS Contin (Mississippi Contin)
12. Norco (Noco)
13. Nulytely (Nelly-telly)
14. Plavix (Pavlix)
15. Procardia (Procardiac)
16. Qvar (Kwee-var)
17. Soma (Sonomas, Zomas)
18. Tylenol (Ty-nol)
19. Victoza (Victoria)
20. Vivelle-Dot (Vel-vee-ta, Vivelle dot com)
21. Wellbutrin SR (Wellbutrin senior, Well-but-in)
22. Xanax (X and X)
23. Zyrtec (Zortex)
I’m sure you’ve already heard a few of these mispronunciations in your day-to-day. But don’t worry, there’s more where these came from.

Alex Barker, PharmD
Alex Barker is the founder of The Happy PharmD, which helps pharmacists create an inspiring career, break free from the mundane "pill-flipping" life. He is a Full-time Pharmacist, Media Company founder, franchise owner, Business Coach, Speaker, and Author. He's also the Founder of Pharmacy School HQ, which helps students get into pharmacy school and become residents.