pharmacy

noun
phar·​ma·​cy | \ ˈfär-mə-sē How to pronounce pharmacy (audio) \
plural pharmacies

Definition of pharmacy

1 : the art, practice, or profession of preparing, preserving, compounding, and dispensing medical drugs
2a : a place where medicines are compounded or dispensed
b : drugstore

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Synonyms for pharmacy

Synonyms

apothecary, drugstore

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Examples of pharmacy in a Sentence

There's a pharmacy in our grocery store now. She's studying pharmacy at the university.

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The Department of Health Care Services, which administers Medi-Cal, began soliciting proposals Aug. 22 from companies to help the state manage pharmacy benefits. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Will Gavin Newsom’s plan lower prescription drug costs in California?," 1 Sep. 2019 In July, the administration was forced to withdraw a proposal to impose new restrictions on the rebates that drug companies pay to pharmacy benefit managers in Medicare. Los Angeles Times, "Trump administration to consider plans to import prescription drugs from Canada," 31 July 2019 Bresch, who was among the first in the industry to try to pin the blame for rising drug prices on rebates paid to pharmacy-benefit managers, survived the episode. Michael J. De La Merced, BostonGlobe.com, "Pfizer is to merge off-patent drug unit with Mylan," 29 July 2019 The details of what consumers spend out-of-pocket for drugs is provided by pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs. Phil Galewitz, chicagotribune.com, "Tool can help patients get cheaper prescriptions before leaving the doctor’s office," 19 July 2019 The details of what consumers spend out-of-pocket for drugs is provided by pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Here’s how you can lower your prescription costs, with your doctor’s help," 13 July 2019 His proposal would have prohibited drug makers from paying rebates to pharmacy benefit managers in government programs such as Medicare. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Investors jump on Cigna, CVS as Trump abandons push to end drug rebates," 11 July 2019 Until recently, pharmacists weren't allowed to provide pricing data because of their contracts with pharmacy benefit managers, but a Trump administration rule now bars these gag orders. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Drug prices in 2019 are surging, with hikes at 5 times inflation," 1 July 2019 Bullock vetoed a bill proposed by Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale that sought to lower prescription drug prices by requiring pharmacy benefit managers to pass on drug manufacturer rebates to insurers. USA TODAY, "Mowing quest, mayo man, soybean scare: News from around our 50 states," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of pharmacy

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pharmacy

Late Latin pharmacia administration of drugs, from Greek pharmakeia, from pharmakeuein to administer drugs, from pharmakon magic charm, poison, drug

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The first known use of pharmacy was in 1651

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pharmacy

noun
phar·​ma·​cy | \ ˈfär-mə-sē How to pronounce pharmacy (audio) \
plural pharmacies

Kids Definition of pharmacy

: a place where medicines are prepared and sold by a pharmacist : drugstore

pharmacy

noun
phar·​ma·​cy | \ ˈfär-mə-sē How to pronounce pharmacy (audio) \
plural pharmacies

Medical Definition of pharmacy

1 : the art, practice, or profession of preparing, preserving, compounding, and dispensing medical drugs
2a : a place where medicines are compounded or dispensed a hospital pharmacy
b : drugstore

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