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hello i have recently become a med­ical typ­ist and i am hav­ing dif­fi­culty with using capi­tols in the doc­tors let­ters — e.g.: what has a cap­i­tal, med­ica­tions (generic meds do they have cap­i­tals ??) or just the brand names etc — I’d appre­ci­ate your help, thanks so much, and kind regard Arlene

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  1. Do you use Stedman’s? According to Wolters Kluwer, http://lww.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5094/~/are-trade-and-generic-drug-names-entered-into-stedmans-plus-spellchecker, Trade and generic drug terms are entered into Stedman’s Plus Spellchecker case-correct. Generic drug terms are not cap­i­tal­ized, and trade drug names are entered with the cor­rect cap­i­tal­iza­tion, accord­ing to the drug man­u­fac­turer. However, since Stedman’s Plus Spellchecker inte­grates with the exist­ing spellcheck­ing pro­gram in your word proces­sor, your word processor’s spellchecker deter­mines how cap­i­tal­iza­tion is enforced.

    If you don’t use Stedman’s, you might use this response (as it is shown else­where as well): Capitalize brand names. Generic names are in lower case.
    http://www.answers.com/Q/What_drugs_are_always_spelled_with_a_capital_letter

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