drug·​mak·​er | \ˈdrəg-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of drugmaker 

: a company that manufactures pharmaceuticals

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The company is now one of the world’s largest contract drugmakers after the Samsung conglomerate pumped billions of dollars into three facilities. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "South Korea Regulator Says Samsung BioLogics Violated Accounting Rules," 12 July 2018 Massachusetts drugmakers attracted nearly $1 billion in investment from venture capitalists that year. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "The world of biotech will be focused on Boston next week," 1 June 2018 The fracas over drugmaker Mylan's Epipen prices nearly two years ago shows what's at stake. USA TODAY, "Drug copay groups: Critical patient charities or fronts for drug makers?," 26 Apr. 2018 However, drugmakers have little financial incentive to do it. Washington Post, "Pill expiration dates can have wiggle room if stored right," 2 May 2018 Dementia is an area of growing concern as populations age, but one where drugmakers have a history of costly failures. The Economist, "FDA wants to help unproductive drugmakers," 22 Mar. 2018 Long-term studies haven't been required for regulatory approval of their sales, and drugmakers have had no incentive do any. Robert Langreth, chicagotribune.com, "Opioids no better than common painkillers for treating chronic pain, study finds," 7 Mar. 2018 Last year Cinven and Bain Capital won their bid to acquire German drugmaker Stada Arzneimittel AG in a $4.4 billion take-private. Joice Alves, WSJ, "Cinven Purchase Values Envirotainer at Over €1 Billion," 12 July 2018 British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals studied the drug in more than 500 children and adults with hard-to-treat seizures, overcoming numerous legal hurdles that have long stymied research into cannabis. Matthew Perrone, BostonGlobe.com, "FDA approves first prescription drug made from marijuana," 25 June 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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