I’m publishing one podcast episode per month on the topic of drug name pronunciations. This new series started in February 2022. It is May 2022 now, so this is the fourth episode in the pronunciation series. If you missed the first three episodes, you’ll still understand this one. Links to the first three are in the show notes (Ep 134, 138, and 142).
In my pronunciation episodes, I say a drug name, break it down into syllables, explain which syllable or syllable(s) have the emphasis, reveal the source of the information, and put the written pronunciation in the show notes so that you see it and and use it right away.
In this episode, my colleague Dr. Jennifer Marquez picked the drug names! If YOU would like to recommend a drug name for a future pronunciation episode and be featured on The Pharmacist’s Voice Podcast, please use the contact form or voicemail button on my website https://www.thepharmacistsvoice.com/#contact.
Besponsa® = beh-SPON-suh
Places I was unable to find the written pronunciation (phonetic spelling) of Besponsa®.
- Not in the package insert under “Patient Counseling Information.”
- FDA website (no medication guide available)
- https://www.besponsa.com (no patient or healthcare professional videos)
- YouTube search (No video published by Pfizer)
I always look for something official from the drug sponsor to make sure I get the right INTENDED pronunciation. Since I couldn’t find anything online, I contacted Pfizer’s Media Relations Department. It worked! Thank you Pfizer Media Relations for providing the phonetic spelling!
inotuzumab = IN oh TOOZ ue mab
ozogamicin = OH zoe ga MYE sin
Inotuzumab ozogamicin pronunciation source = USP Dictionary Online (USAN). Thank you USP Legal for permission to share!
One of the trickiest things about pronouncing drug names is the vowels.
The purpose of these pronunciation episodes is to provide the intended pronunciations from reliable sources. I want you to feel confident saying drug names and less frustrated learning them. I hope these pronunciation episodes help!
Thank you for listening to The Pharmacist’s Voice Podcast episode 148!
Thank you Dr. Jennifer Marquez for being my guest!!
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