Big Pharma

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 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

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1994, in the meaning defined above

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“Big Pharma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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