new drug

noun

Definition of new drug 

: a drug that has not been declared safe and effective by qualified experts under the conditions prescribed, recommended, or suggested in the label and that may be a new chemical formula or an established drug prescribed for use in a new way

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Doctors debate whether these new drugs will be worth the cost. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Genetics has learned a ton — mostly about white people. That’s a problem.," 27 Oct. 2018 Under his new drug plan, Medicare payment for drugs administered in doctors’ offices would gradually shift to a level based on international prices, which are typically lower. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump pitches policy in final midterm message," 27 Oct. 2018 The government probably would make a profit, as new drugs would decrease health-care costs by keeping more people healthy, working and paying taxes. WSJ, "Time to Consider Drug Patent Alternatives," 8 Oct. 2018 Cancer’s not cheap to treat but newer drugs cost more. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, "Is chemo obsolete? Not by a long shot, cancer experts say," 24 June 2018 Of course, these new drugs aren’t likely to come cheap. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego man says new migraine drug has ended his pain," 4 June 2018 Photo: istock/getty images Of course, the FDA can’t simply take these testimonies and put them on the labels of new drugs. WSJ, "Patients Win With More Access to Treatments," 8 July 2018 Lobotomies for ulcerative colitis, and for mental illness, were halted in the late 1950s because of outrage at the barbarity of the procedure and the emergence of new drugs — antipsychotics for mental illness and corticosteroids for colitis. Jim Carrier, STAT, "Lobotomies were once used to treat this gut disease, part of a shameful medical history," 12 June 2018 The average cost of a new drug released in 2017 was $150,000, according to the report from The IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, formerly IMS Health and Quintiles. NBC News, "Cancer drug spending doubles in 5 years," 24 May 2018

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new drug

noun

Medical Definition of new drug 

: a drug that has not been declared safe and effective by qualified experts under the conditions prescribed, recommended, or suggested in the label and that may be a new chemical formula or an established drug prescribed for use in a new way

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