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 Definition A broad-spectrum antibiotic and a derivative of penicillin. [d] [e]
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Ha! How is it there are so many brand names for these things? --Robert W King 14:34, 3 April 2008 (CDT)

They are now generic because the patents have worn off. Now even you and I could trademark a name, say Vol-King® brand of ampicillin, and sell it if we had it made in an approved facility. :) David E. Volk 15:31, 3 April 2008 (CDT)

Hilarious! But maybe I asked the wrong question--why would companies continue to produce/sell if there are already a number of them on the market? Seems like a waste of resources. --Robert W King 15:34, 3 April 2008 (CDT)
Remind me again, just how many types and brands of toothpaste are there anyway? David E. Volk 16:40, 3 April 2008 (CDT)