bio·​phar·​ma·​ceu·​ti·​cal | \ ˌbī-ō-ˌfär-mə-ˈsü-ti-kəl How to pronounce biopharmaceutical (audio) \

Definition of biopharmaceutical

: a pharmaceutical derived from biological sources and especially one produced by biotechnology

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Examples of biopharmaceutical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The drug remdesivir, developed by the biopharmaceutical giant Gilead, was recently approved for emergency use in the United States. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Danger of Rushing Through Clinical Trials During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 14 May 2020 Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company based in Foster City, Calif., donated its entire supply last week — 1.5 million vials, or enough for about 140,000 patients. Laura Garcia,, "FDA fast-tracks coronavirus drug tested in San Antonio," 4 May 2020 The biopharmaceutical industry has quickly responded and at least 80 candidates are already in development. Julie L. Gerberding, STAT, "Antibiotic resistance: the hidden threat lurking behind Covid-19," 23 Mar. 2020 Here’s something most people don’t understand: the American biopharmaceutical industry is flourishing. Jessica Sagers, STAT, "Coronavirus spending: an expense — or an investment?," 5 Mar. 2020 Beside Gilead, there are a number of biopharmaceutical companies reaching into this space. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The first coronavirus vaccine is set for testing in China," 4 Feb. 2020 But why are American officials concerned about the prices charged by American biopharmaceutical companies in Mexico and Canada? John E. Osborn, STAT, "Biologics lose protection as U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade agreement moves forward," 20 Dec. 2019 The biopharmaceutical industry supports more than 4 million jobs across the country. Stephen J. Ubl, STAT, "Pelosi’s drug pricing plan puts medical innovation at risk," 17 Oct. 2019 The White House has complained that China has used predatory practices in a relentless push to grant Chinese companies an unfair advantage in the industries of the future, including robotics, electric cars and biopharmaceuticals. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "US prepares to impose new tariffs on additional $200B worth of Chinese goods," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of biopharmaceutical

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Biopharmaceutical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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bio·​phar·​ma·​ceu·​ti·​cal | \ ˌbī-ō-ˌfär-mə-ˈsüt-i-kəl How to pronounce biopharmaceutical (audio) \

Medical Definition of biopharmaceutical

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: of or relating to biopharmaceutics or biopharmaceuticals a biopharmaceutical company biopharmaceutical drugs



Medical Definition of biopharmaceutical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pharmaceutical derived from biological sources and especially one produced by biotechnology

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