Big Pharma

noun

variants or less commonly 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 Angell, New York Review of Books, 15 July 2004
It's no secret that Big Pharma spends megabucks marketing to physicians.Anne Underwood, Newsweek, 29 Oct. 2007

Word History

First Known Use

1994, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Big Pharma was in 1994

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“Big Pharma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Big%20Pharma. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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