phar·​ma | \ ˈfär-mə How to pronounce pharma (audio) \

Definition of pharma

: a pharmaceutical company also : large pharmaceutical companies as a group

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Further Reading Shkreli directing notorious pharma co. from prison. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Shkreli stays in jail; Infamous ex-pharma CEO quickly loses appeal," 18 July 2019 Cannabis companies are increasingly taking big investments from big-money backers in the tobacco, food, beverage, and pharma markets. Jenni Avins, Quartz, "A cannabis CEO is fired and blames it on Big Booze," 3 July 2019 Big pharma earned an average return of just 1.8% in 2018 on research-and-development spending, according to Deloitte. Charley Grant, WSJ, "AbbVie and Big Pharma: No Miracle Cures," 25 June 2019 In 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration chided a Canadian pharma company who paid the reality TV star to shill an anti-nausea pill to her 74 million Instagram and Twitter followers without citing the risks of the prescription drug. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "A new “university” for Instagram influencers aims to stop the spread of misinformation," 23 July 2019 Apparently Cohen pushed Novartis to invest in a smaller pharma firm developing an autism treatment that had some vague links to a Russian oligarch. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Michael Cohen’s mysterious communiques with a big pharma company, explained," 13 July 2018 Three big deals kicked off the week — two in pharma, one in finance. Dana Pardini,, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 22 Jan. 2018 The biggest pharma companies recognize potential of virtual reality tools. Nell Lewis, CNN, "Virtual reality is helping scientists discover new drugs," 25 June 2019 In 1998, the Swiss pharma company Novartis and UC Berkeley struck a deal in which the company provided $25 million over five years to study agricultural genomics. Catherine Ho,, "GlaxoSmithKline to fund $67 million of CRISPR research at UC," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of pharma

1992, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pharma

short for pharmaceutical

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phar·​ma | \ ˈfär-mə How to pronounce pharma (audio) \

Medical Definition of pharma

: a pharmaceutical company But the rate at which pharmas have grown in size pales beside the acceleration of relevant scientific knowledge during the same period.Science, 13 Apr. 2001 also : large pharmaceutical companies as a group Another issue pharma will face is an even more cost-conscious consumer as a result of insurers continuing to pass on additional costs to their members. — Shaun Urban, Medical Marketing and Media, February 2011 The Medicare prescription drug benefit enacted in 2003, and scheduled to go into effect in 2006, promises a windfall for big pharma since it forbids the government from negotiating prices. — Marcia Angell, The New York Review of Books, 15 July 2004

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