You have been assigned one of the top selling medications, listed by brand name.
Say you were assigned “Levaquin”.
Type up a paper about this medication providing:
a)The nonproprietary name (scroll down to the Wikipedia entry) (15 points)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Levofloxacin, sold under the trade names Levaquin among others, is an antibiotic (Links
to an external site.).
b)The company that makes it (or used to, if it’s off-patent) (15 points)
Ex. It was first approved for marketing in Japan in 1993 for oral
administration, and Daiichi marketed it there…
c)The molecular (empirical) formula (15 points),
for example C24H40N3
d)The structure (probably very complex; it’s easiest to cut
and paste, rather than trying to copy it. Find the
structure on Wikipedia and right click on it. Choose
“copy” and paste it into your word document.) (20
e) What illnesses/conditions it treats. (15 points)
Only use words and phrases you understand. For example
Wikipedia may say “acute otitis”. What’s that? It’s printed in blue;
if you click on it, you will find on another webpage that it refers to
“earache”. So in your paper, use the term “earache”.
f)Circle a functional group in the structure and name it correctly. (20 points)
g)INTERNET REFERENCE—no credit without reference(s)
Optional (for up to 20 points extra credit)—
some extra information about the drug that you found interesting, for example, when it was
made, different uses in different countries, controversies about it, etc. (no more than 100
Sample Homework Submission:
Brand name: Alphamox
Nonproprietary name: Amoxicillin
Sold by: United Pharmacies
Molecular formula: C16H19N3O5S
(Parts d and f
I was not able to paste the structure with a functional group circled into this
Uses: treats infection, such as ear infections, strep throat, pneumonia, skin infections,
urinary tract infections, Lyme disease, and Chlamydia
Amoxicillin is one of the most common antibiotics prescribed for children. The drug first
became available in 1972. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential
Medicines, a list of the most important medication needed in a basic health system.
It is also used to prevent infections for people having dental work done.
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amoxicillin (Links to an external site.)
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