pharmaceutical

adjective
phar·ma·ceu·ti·cal | \ ˌfär-mə-ˈsü-ti-kəl \

Definition of pharmaceutical 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or engaged in pharmacy or the manufacture and sale of pharmaceuticals a pharmaceutical company

pharmaceutical

noun

Definition of pharmaceutical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicinal drug

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Adjective

pharmaceutically \ˌfär-mə-ˈsü-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of pharmaceutical in a Sentence

Adjective

lobbyists from the pharmaceutical industry

Noun

some pharmaceuticals can be quite risky unless taken correctly

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In his book, Nossel shares the story of a woman working in pharmaceutical research. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "5 Times in Your Life You Really Need to Be a Better Listener," 2 May 2018 Another lawsuit was filed this week in Johnson County accusing Overland Park doctor Steven Simon of being part of a national scheme to take kickbacks from a pharmaceutical company in exchange for prescribing the company’s powerful fentanyl spray. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Another lawsuit accuses Overland Park doctor of kickbacks from opioid spray maker," 13 July 2018 Samsung BioLogics, founded in 2011, makes complex medications as a contract drug manufacturer for other pharmaceutical companies, such as Roche Holding AG . Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "South Korea Regulator Says Samsung BioLogics Violated Accounting Rules," 12 July 2018 Alvarez said the traditional way of punishing pharmaceutical companies — with big fines — isn’t good enough. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Gallery Owner Says Opioid Exhibit, Protest At Purdue Just The Beginning Of 'Spoon Movement'," 26 June 2018 While some traffickers brag about using top-of-the-line mixers — sometimes the same machinery used by pharmaceutical companies — others use rudimentary equipment, authorities say. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fentanyl has taken over America's drug market. Where is it coming from?," 17 June 2018 The benefits are delivered entirely by competing private plans that try to keep costs low by negotiating with pharmaceutical companies to obtain discounts in the form of rebates, which can exceed 25 percent of the list price of a drug. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Trump’s Plan to Lower Drug Prices Tests Limits of the Law," 16 June 2018 Critics say the legislation offers false hope, because the laws don't require pharmaceutical companies to grant a patient's request. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Pewaukee family fought for 'right-to-try' legislation. President Trump just signed it into law — while they watched," 30 May 2018 Critics, however, say the Trump administration is ignoring obvious leverage, mainly the prospect of using Medicare and its customer base of roughly 60 million to negotiate directly with the big pharmaceutical firms. Dennis Romero /, NBC News, "After Trump dis, Pfizer announces lowering of drug prices," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With the findings, the report highlights a sensational series of events that have underscored concerns about the extent to which the pharmaceutical industry has attempted to influence the Trump administration. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Novartis, Michael Cohen contacts were more extensive than previously disclosed," 13 July 2018 With the tides shifting in the medical community, the pharmaceutical industry, and mainstream culture, the Supreme Court finally legalized contraception for married couples in 1965; singles got to join the party in 1972. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 Private-equity firm Cinven has agreed to acquire logistics company Envirotainer AB, a provider of cold cargo containers used by the pharmaceutical industry. Joice Alves, WSJ, "Cinven Purchase Values Envirotainer at Over €1 Billion," 12 July 2018 There’s no evidence that Trump’s table-pounding has done anything to moderate price increases in the pharmaceutical industry. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Pfizer doesn't deserve any credit for 'rolling back' its price increases at Trump's demand. Here's why," 11 July 2018 This week, President Donald Trump renewed his long-standing feud with the pharmaceutical industry and its drug price hiking tactics. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "3 Key Lessons From Trump's Drug Price Feud With Pfizer," 11 July 2018 Such twice-a-year price increases of around 10 percent used to be commonplace in the US pharmaceutical industry. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Pfizer raises prices on 100 drugs—again—despite backlash from public, lawmakers," 3 July 2018 In the pharmaceutical industry, the patent is more than just the product. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent," 28 June 2018 Vale is a pharmaceutical industry sales representative. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Palm Beach County Republican chairman opts out of County Commission race," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of pharmaceutical

Adjective

1636, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pharmaceutical

Adjective

Late Latin pharmaceuticus, from Greek pharmakeutikos, from pharmakeuein to administer drugs — more at pharmacy

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pharmaceutical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pharmaceutical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the production and sale of drugs and medicine

pharmaceutical

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pharmaceutical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a drug or medicine

pharmaceutical

adjective
phar·ma·ceu·ti·cal | \ ˌfär-mə-ˈsüt-i-kəl \
variants: also pharmaceutic \-ˈsüt-ik \

Medical Definition of pharmaceutical 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or engaged in pharmacy or the manufacture and sale of pharmaceuticals a pharmaceutical company

Other words from pharmaceutical

pharmaceutically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

pharmaceutical

noun
variants: also pharmaceutic

Medical Definition of pharmaceutical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicinal drug

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