Definition of pharma
: a pharmaceutical company; also : large pharmaceutical companies as a group
Recent Examples of pharma from the Web
Jessica Ziegler, a 32-year-old mother of three young children, works for a pharma research company and is a member of Indivisible, Pave it Blue, and LMRC.
Overhiring by pharma had put many back on the job market.
State Ohio sues five drug companies over opioid crisis (cleveland.com) Ohio's opioid lawsuit against 5 pharma companies: 6 things to know (cleveland.com)
The lines between big pharmas and small biotechs are blurring, with pharmaceutical titans pursuing mergers with rivals and various partnerships with more bare-bones, nimble upstarts.
On Lilly’s recent earnings call, the company said its U.S. pharma revenue increased 16 percent, primarily because of higher volume.
Billions would be shaved off pharma’s bottom line, meaning the industry would no longer have the muscle to bully Congress into propping up its international patent regime.
That has the potential to upend the opaque and very profitable three-way relationship among pharma companies, insurers and pharmacy-benefit managers.
Valeant shares fell to a seven-year low this week on news that Mr Ackman’s Pershing Square had sold out, setting back Mr Paulson’s hopes for a quick rebound in a portfolio of specialty pharma shares that cratered his investment performance in 2016.
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Origin and Etymology of pharma
short for pharmaceutical
First Known Use: 1992See Words from the same year
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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