phar·​ma | \ ˈfär-mə \

Definition of pharma

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

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But economists across the spectrum do believe there is a point at which fewer drugs would be developed if pharma’s revenue is cut and that does introduce some difficult trade-offs. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Bernie Sanders’s new plan to bring down drug prices, briefly explained," 20 Nov. 2018 This issue isn’t going away anytime soon—but Trump’s address doesn’t appear to have rocked big pharma’s (or other industry players’) apple cart. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Why Trump's Big Drug Price Speech Sent Health Care Stocks Soaring," 11 May 2018 The cash will also be used to deleverage GSK’s core pharma business and invest in new immunotherapy and oncology drugs. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Debt Is the Tonic in GSK and Pfizer’s Big Deal," 19 Dec. 2018 Like Trump, Republicans at both the state and national levels are openly grumbling about the toll pharma profits are taking on the overall economy and federal and state government budgets. Fran Quigley, The New Republic, "Building a NASA for Prescription Drugs," 10 May 2018 Midsized and biggish bio-pharma firms, for instance, have done far better than the very largest ones. The Economist, "FDA wants to help unproductive drugmakers," 22 Mar. 2018 Cash payouts are high, and the biggest pharma companies have diverse product lines that insulate them against the risk of losing sales to new competition. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Pharma Stocks Soothe Stock-Market Malady," 23 Nov. 2018 That was when Allergan, a pharma company, sued rival Mylan, claiming that Mylan’s generics infringed on Allergan’s dry eye treatment known as Restasis. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Court: Native American tribe can’t be a “sovereign” shield during patent review," 25 July 2018 Cleary’s parents problems predated the meteoric rise of Purdue in the realm of big pharma. Susan Dunne,, "Gallery Owner Says Opioid Exhibit, Protest At Purdue Just The Beginning Of 'Spoon Movement'," 26 June 2018

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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 \

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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