prescription drug

noun

Definition of prescription drug

: a drug that can be obtained only by means of a physician's prescription

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In 2017, out-of-pocket medical costs, which includes health insurance premiums, copays, and prescription drug costs, pushed the incomes of 10.9 million people below the poverty threshold. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Social Security, food stamps, and other programs kept 44 million people out of poverty last year," 12 Sep. 2018 As the debate over prescription drug costs accelerates, a new report shows two pharmacy benefit managers reaped more than $223 million by working on behalf of Ohio Medicaid plans during a recent 12-month period. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Ohio peels back the curtain on a lucrative PBM profit center," 22 June 2018 Los Angeles activist Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation who partly funded Proposition 61, the 2016 fight over prescription drug costs that emerged that year as the most expensive initiative. Angela Hart, sacbee, "Will stronger rent control spread across California? Here's what you need to know.," 18 June 2018 And for the third consecutive year, prescription drug costs have increased at a slower rate. Guy Boulton, USA TODAY, "You'll be shocked at the price of health care for a family of four," 6 June 2018 And for the third consecutive year, prescription drug costs have increased at a slower rate. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Health care costs for the typical family of four top $28,000 this year, despite slower increases," 4 June 2018 The Alaska Legislature on Monday passed a bill designed to lower prescription drug costs and protect independent pharmacies. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Legislature passes bill to lower prescription drug costs, protect small pharmacies," 8 May 2018 The former Eli Lilly exec is playing a key role in drafting President Donald Trump's plan to reduce prescription drug costs. Leigh Hedger, Indianapolis Star, "Profiles from the nation's nastiest primary, more Infosys details and a childish attack," 25 Apr. 2018 Advertising Opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs such as OxyContin, were a factor in a record 48,000 deaths across the U.S. in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Geoff Mulvihill, The Seattle Times, "Maker of OxyContin agrees to $270M settlement in Oklahoma," 27 Mar. 2019

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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prescription drug

noun

Medical Definition of prescription drug

: a drug that can be obtained only by means of a physician's prescription

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