pharmaceutical

adjective
phar·​ma·​ceu·​ti·​cal | \ ˌfär-mə-ˈsü-ti-kəl How to pronounce pharmaceutical (audio) \

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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Other Words from pharmaceutical

Adjective

pharmaceutically \ ˌfär-​mə-​ˈsü-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pharmaceutically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of pharmaceutical in a Sentence

Adjective

lobbyists from the pharmaceutical industry

Noun

some pharmaceuticals can be quite risky unless taken correctly

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In addition, the family would have to give up its ownership of the company and contribute another $1.5 billion by selling another of its pharmaceutical companies, Mundipharma. baltimoresun.com, "OxyContin maker reaches tentative settlement in federal opioid crisis lawsuit," 11 Sep. 2019 Broadly, a main point of contention is over allowing a third party to help in setting prices and negotiating with pharmaceutical companies. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "It's been a month. Here's what Congress is set to do when they come back to D.C.," 9 Sep. 2019 The settlement comes as Colorado ramps up its enforcement of dangerous prescribing practices and, at the state level, takes on the pharmaceutical companies that create the addictive medicines. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Denver doctor settles opioid wrongful death lawsuit as statewide attention to painkiller addiction increases," 6 Sep. 2019 But in the 1990s, pharmaceutical companies began aggressively marketing them for chronic pain. Kristen Gelineau, chicagotribune.com, "Opioid crisis goes global as Australia fails to heed the lessons of the United States," 5 Sep. 2019 The pharmaceutical company was founded in Manhattan in 1892 by John Purdue Gray and George Frederick Bingham as the Purdue Frederick Company. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Purdue University must remind people it has no ties to Purdue Pharma," 3 Sep. 2019 Food company Mondelez International and pharmaceutical company Merck sued insurers last year in state courts after the carriers refused to reimburse costs associated with damage from NotPetya malware. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Extortion Economy: How Insurance Companies Are Fueling a Rise in Ransomware Attacks," 27 Aug. 2019 On Monday, a judge in Oklahoma ruled that Johnson & Johnson must pay $572 million for its part in helping create an opioid crisis throughout the state — a decision that the giant pharmaceutical company vehemently denied and plans on appealing. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million for Fueling State Opioid Addiction Crisis," 26 Aug. 2019 In the last decade, a spate of lawsuits—some settled, many ongoing—have shed light on the role that pharmaceutical companies have played in the US opioid epidemic, a public health emergency which claims the lives of 130 Americans every day. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "The marketing practices that worsened America’s opioid epidemic are making their way overseas," 24 Aug. 2019

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One of their largest holdings outside pharmaceuticals appears to be an estimated $1.7 billion portfolio in a family company, Cap 1 LLC, that recently sold a stake in 17 U.S. ski resorts. Adam Geller, courant.com, "Sackler family’s web makes it hard to track cash from Purdue Pharma," 2 Sep. 2019 Although some pharmaceutical medications can help relieve pain, others can make headaches worse, and several can be addictive, non-effective, and deliver side effects. Nicole Skrobin, chicagotribune.com, "Cannabis: Optimal treatment method for post-concussion syndrome symptoms," 30 Aug. 2019 Similarly, various pharmaceuticals firms, which depend on contract manufacturers for drug production, will benefit from the new rule. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Who gains from India’s new foreign investment norms?," 29 Aug. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Aircraft, integrated circuits and pharmaceuticals were spared, perhaps in recognition that tariffs on those would hurt China more. The Economist, "Donald Trump admits to putting the world through a “rough patch”," 29 Aug. 2019 In addition to his work for TV Guide, Mr. Santore illustrated print ads for AT&T, De Beers diamonds and Pfizer pharmaceuticals. New York Times, "Charles Santore Dies at 84; Illustrated Classic Children’s Books," 26 Aug. 2019 In addition to his work for TV Guide, Mr. Santore illustrated print ads for AT&T, De Beers diamonds, and Pfizer pharmaceuticals. Daniel E. Slotnik, BostonGlobe.com, "Charles Santore, 84; illustrated classic children’s books," 24 Aug. 2019 The infamous ex-pharmaceutical CEO is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for fraud stemming from what prosecutors had described as a Ponzi-like scheme. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Shkreli stays in jail; Infamous ex-pharma CEO quickly loses appeal," 18 July 2019 The heiress to the Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceuticals fortune, Ms. Hoffmann is developing an arts complex, Luma Arles, in an old rail yard, slated to open next year. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, "The New Provence: From Quaint to Uber-Chic," 11 July 2019

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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)

technical : a drug or medicine

pharmaceutical

adjective
phar·​ma·​ceu·​ti·​cal | \ ˌfär-mə-ˈsüt-i-kəl How to pronounce pharmaceutical (audio) \
variants: also pharmaceutic \ -​ˈsüt-​ik How to pronounce pharmaceutic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce pharmaceutically (audio) \ adverb

pharmaceutical

noun
variants: also pharmaceutic

Medical Definition of pharmaceutical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicinal drug

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