drug·​mak·​er | \ ˈdrəg-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce drugmaker (audio) \

Definition of drugmaker

: a company that manufactures pharmaceuticals

Examples of drugmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 27 nations of the European Union had ordered 300 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the British-Swedish drugmaker to be delivered by the end of June, with an option to purchase an additional 100 million. Brad Lendon, CNN, 11 May 2021 Brazilian authorities are administering Covid-19 vaccines made by Chinese drugmaker Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and the shot developed jointly by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca PLC. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2021 Spats with governments across Europe about production, supplies, possible side effects and the vaccine's merits have dogged the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker for weeks. NBC News, 6 Apr. 2021 Leaders of the COVAX Facility, which seeks a fair distribution of vaccines, said its doses for the initial rollout are almost all expected from British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca and Serum Institute of India. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Feb. 2021 The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $465 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by the state alleging the drugmaker fueled the opioid epidemic through the deceptive marketing of painkillers. NBC News, 9 Nov. 2021 On Friday, Pfizer shares jumped 8% after the drugmaker announced that its COVID-19 pill, in combination with a popular HIV drug, reduces the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19 in high-risk adults by 89%. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, 7 Nov. 2021 According to AstraZeneca, the companies the drugmaker has sublicensing agreements with, including SII, dictate their own prices. Diksha Madhok, CNN, 2 Nov. 2021 The tax wouldn’t be deductible against the drugmaker’s other federal taxes. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of drugmaker

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Drugmaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drugmaker. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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drug·​mak·​er | \ ˈdrəg-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce drugmaker (audio) \

Medical Definition of drugmaker

: a company that manufactures pharmaceuticals


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