drug·​mak·​er | \ ˈdrəg-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of drugmaker

: a company that manufactures pharmaceuticals

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In a Medicare-for-all world, where the government covers everyone and pays for everything, then, yes, the federal government would hold tremendous leverage over drugmakers. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Warren’s interesting new bill to lower generic drug prices, explained.," 20 Dec. 2018 The company made one brash but failed attempt, with a hostile takeover of British drugmaker AstraZeneca, offering to pay $118 billion in early 2014. Erika Fry, Fortune, "Critical Condition: Inside Pfizer’s Drug Supply Problem," 22 May 2018 British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals is seeking permission to sell its purified form of an ingredient found in cannabis — one that doesn't get users high — as a medication for rare, hard-to-treat seizures in children. Matthew Perrone, chicagotribune.com, "Marijuana-based seizure treatment gets positive review from FDA," 17 Apr. 2018 For foreign drugmakers such as Merck and Pfizer, the picture is mixed. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Solving China’s Drugs-Price Problem Is Hurting Drugmakers," 7 Dec. 2018 The agency proposed new guidelines Tuesday for drugmakers who want to switch prescription drugs to over the counter. Linda A. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "FDA plans to ease OTC approvals for some prescription drugs," 17 July 2018 That idea has long been supported by Democrats but is a non-starter for drugmakers and most Republicans in Congress. Matthew Perrone And Jill Colvin, chicagotribune.com, "Trump's plan to reduce drug prices doesn't include campaign pledge to allow Medicare to negotiate prices," 11 May 2018 When scientists made the link between amyloid and Alzheimer’s in the 1980s, drugmakers jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of inventing a trillion-dollar drug for a progressive and fatal disease that affects more than 5 million Americans. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 Pharmacy benefits managers, the mysterious middlemen between health insurers and drugmakers, are viewed skeptically by lawmakers and the public. Dylan Scott, Vox, "What the new Democratic House majority might actually pass on health care," 7 Nov. 2018

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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drug·​mak·​er | \ ˈdrəg-ˌmā-kər \

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: a company that manufactures pharmaceuticals

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