pharma

noun

phar·​ma ˈfär-mə How to pronounce pharma (audio)
: a pharmaceutical company
also : large pharmaceutical companies as a group

Examples of pharma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Danish pharma giant also recently got approval from the Chinese National Medical Products Administration to launch Wegovy in the China. Bruce Gil, Quartz, 1 July 2024 If generative AI is going to be more than hype and hallucinations, the trillion-dollar pharma industry is where the magic may happen. Peter Vanham, Fortune, 29 May 2024 An early effort to create a vaccine backfired, and pharma companies didn’t resume research for many years. Ashleigh Furlong, Fortune Europe, 21 May 2024 Sales of the Danish pharma giant’s diabetes and obesity drugs grew 25% year over year to 60.9 billion Danish Krone ($8.7 billion) in the first quarter of 2024. Bruce Gil, Quartz, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pharma 

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Word History

Etymology

short for pharmaceutical

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pharma was in 1992

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Cite this Entry

“Pharma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pharma. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

pharma

noun
phar·​ma ˈfär-mə How to pronounce pharma (audio)
: 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
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
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
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