drug·mak·er | \ ˈdrəg-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of drugmaker 

: a company that manufactures pharmaceuticals

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The Pharma Letter wrote that this could lead to a pattern of Russian drug companies filing for similar compulsory licenses, which could, in turn, lead to monetary losses for international drugmakers operating in Russia. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Russian Drugmaker Granted License to Produce Celgene Copycat," 11 July 2018 The British drugmaker studied the drug in more than 500 patients with hard-to-treat seizures, overcoming numerous legal hurdles to conducting research with cannabis. Matthew Perrone, The Seattle Times, "Medical milestone: US OKs marijuana-based drug for seizures," 25 June 2018 AP Roche has agreed to pay $2.4 billion to acquire the part of -U.S.-based Foundation Medicine that the Swiss drugmaker does not already own, the companies announced Tuesday. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Roche paying $2.4B to acquire the rest of US-based Foundation Medicine," 19 June 2018 By delaying development of generics, drugmakers can maintain their monopolies and keep prices high. Sydney Lupkin — Kaiser Health News, STAT, "Drug makers blamed for blocking generics have jacked up prices and cost U.S. billions," 23 May 2018 While drugmakers want to maximize returns on the substantial investment required to develop new therapies, some payers have begun to push back. Bloomberg News, NOLA.com, "FDA approves drug for chronic migraines -- and it'll cost $6,900 a year," 20 May 2018 Chief Executive Officer Kare Schultz is tightening belts drastically at the world’s largest generic drugmaker as competition to its top medicine escalates. Yaacov Benmeleh, Philly.com, "Teva stock falls in Israel and New York as CEO says 2018 will be a year of falling sales and profits," 8 Feb. 2018 The eventual price a consumer pays for a treatment is influenced by an opaque system of drugmakers, insurers and middlemen called pharmacy-benefit managers. Fortune, "Jeff Bezos Just Did President Trump a Big Favor on Drug Pricing," 28 June 2018 So drugmakers have been looking for ways to identify cardiac issues sooner rather than later. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "These Beating Mini-Hearts Could Save Big Bucks—And Maybe Lives," 27 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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