orphan drug

noun

Definition of orphan drug 

: a drug that is not developed or marketed because its extremely limited use makes it unprofitable

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As an orphan drug, a portion of Korlym’s research and development costs could be written off. Sarah Jane Tribble, Washington Post, "How A Drugmaker Turned The Abortion Pill Into A Rare-Disease Profit Machine," 10 Apr. 2018 Congress approved orphan drug incentives to encourage the development of medicines for rare diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 patients. Sarah Jane Tribble, Washington Post, "How A Drugmaker Turned The Abortion Pill Into A Rare-Disease Profit Machine," 10 Apr. 2018 When the Food and Drug Administration approved Korlym in 2012, it was designated as an orphan drug, giving Corcept seven years of market exclusivity as well as other economic incentives. Sarah Jane Tribble, Washington Post, "How A Drugmaker Turned The Abortion Pill Into A Rare-Disease Profit Machine," 10 Apr. 2018 Congress approved orphan drug incentives to encourage the development of medicines for rare diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 patients. Sarah Jane Tribble, Washington Post, "How A Drugmaker Turned The Abortion Pill Into A Rare-Disease Profit Machine," 10 Apr. 2018 When the Food and Drug Administration approved Korlym in 2012, it was designated as an orphan drug, giving Corcept seven years of market exclusivity as well as other economic incentives. Sarah Jane Tribble, Washington Post, "How A Drugmaker Turned The Abortion Pill Into A Rare-Disease Profit Machine," 10 Apr. 2018 When the Food and Drug Administration approved Korlym in 2012, it was designated as an orphan drug, giving Corcept seven years of market exclusivity as well as other economic incentives. Sarah Jane Tribble, chicagotribune.com, "How an abortion pill turned out to be a treatment for a rare disease," 8 Apr. 2018 Best-known in the U.S. for its attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug, Adderall, Shire has more recently transformed itself into one of the world’s biggest makers of orphan drugs, or treatments for rare diseases. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "Takeda Makes Last-Gasp Move for Rival Drugmaker Shire," 24 Apr. 2018 Congress approved orphan drug incentives to encourage the development of medicines for rare diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 patients. Sarah Jane Tribble, Washington Post, "How A Drugmaker Turned The Abortion Pill Into A Rare-Disease Profit Machine," 10 Apr. 2018

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orphan drug

noun

Medical Definition of orphan drug 

: a drug that is not developed or marketed because its extremely limited use (as in the treatment of a rare disease) makes it unprofitable

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