Big Pharma

noun
variants: or less commonly big pharma

Definition of Big Pharma

:large pharmaceutical companies considered especially as a politically influential group
  • The Medicare prescription drug benefit enacted in 2003, and scheduled to go into effect in 2006, promises a windfall for big pharma since it forbids the government from negotiating prices.
  • —Marcia AngellNew York Review of Books15 July 2004
  • It's no secret that Big Pharma spends megabucks marketing to physicians.
  • —Anne UnderwoodNewsweek29 Oct. 2007

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First Known Use of big pharma

1994


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