What does the abbreviation INN mean? Sometimes I get translation assignments were the Finnish INN for a substance must be checked. Here is the answer from the World Health Organisation (WHO) site:
“International Nonproprietary Names (INN) identify pharmaceutical substances or active pharmaceutical ingredients. Each INN is a unique name that is globally recognized and is public property. A nonproprietary name is also known as a generic name.”
Source: the WHO site about INNs
A drug (the active substance, vaikuttava aine) has three different names:
1) trade name (proprietary name, invented name) = kauppanimi (valmistenimi, tuotemerkki)
2) generic name (non-proprietary name, INN) = geneerinen nimi, yleisnimi, INN-nimi
3) chemical name = kemiallinen nimi
The INNs that have been confirmed in Finnish are listed in English, Latin and Finnish by the Finnish authority, Fimea, on this web site. (to open the list, please click on “Luettelo lääkeaineiden yleisnimistä”).
These INNs should be used, e.g. in the EU cross-border prescriptions (eurooppalainen lääkemääräys).