pharma

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noun phar·ma \ ˈfär-mə \

Definition of pharma

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

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Origin and Etymology of pharma

short for pharmaceutical


Medical Dictionary

pharma

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noun 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.
  • Science13 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 UrbanMedical Marketing and MediaFebruary 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 AngellThe New York Review of Books15 July 2004

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