pharma

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

Definition of pharma

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

Examples of pharma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Regeneron is collaborating with Swiss pharma Roche to increase its global supply and increase access outside the U.S., the company said in a statement welcoming the news. Robert Hart, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 See our indicative theme of Covid-19 Vaccine stocks which includes U.S.-based pharma and biotech companies. Trefis Team, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 Shah welcomes big pharma and big institutions to enter the fray in the interest of spreading the chemical gospel far and wide. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, big pharma hardly does any research in contraception, because available products, while imperfect, work well—too well, in fact. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 6 July 2021 As for pentobarbital, from the very first use, the Danish pharma that produced the drug objected to its use in lethal injections and instituted market controls to keep it from being used for executions. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2021 How could big pharma not register with people right now? David Marchesephoto Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 30 July 2021 Some of the companies’ joint customers include Swiss pharma giant Novartis and South Africa's Standard Bank. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 23 June 2021 See our indicative theme of Covid-19 Vaccine stocks which includes U.S.-based pharma and biotech companies. Trefis Team, Forbes, 24 June 2021

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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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Last Updated

22 Nov 2021

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“Pharma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pharma. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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pharma

noun
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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