phar·​ma | \ˈfär-mə \

Definition of pharma 

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

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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 Big pharma' and health care Slotkin insists that Bishop’s record on health care, including more than $100,000 in campaign donations from the pharmaceutical industry over his career, is a vulnerability. NBC News, "If Democrats can win here, they're on the way to a wave," 11 June 2018 This relies on industrial biotech and large-scale cell culture production methods already used in the pharma industry. Joi Ito, WIRED, "Fake Meat, Served Six Ways," 2 July 2018 Job terminations at the pharma distribution center are generally expected Sept. 2, the company told the state Department of Labor. Stephen Singer,, "Pharmaceutical Firm To Cut 105 Jobs As It Shuts Rocky Hill Site," 18 June 2018 Taking on giant pharma was a theme of Donald Trump's election campaign. Joe Graedon, M.s., And Teresa Graedon, Houston Chronicle, "Natural approaches may ease white fingers of Raynaud’s," 17 June 2018 The agency uses those disclosures to determine whether pharma backing during or before a meeting should disqualify an adviser. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 The White House released Trump’s blueprint for tackling the issue in May. However, a lack of detail left many skeptical about the chances of seeing big pharma companies voluntarily reduce their prices. David Meyer, Fortune, "After Trump Criticism, Pfizer Backtracks on Drug Price Hikes—For Now," 11 July 2018 Blomkamp’s previous films, all set in South Africa, have dealt with class divisions, xenophobia, and pharma corruption, using Apartheid as an entry point for most of these issues. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Robocop' and Neill Blomkamp Need Each Other," 11 July 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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