prescription drug


Definition of prescription drug 

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

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Pfizer said the deferred price increases will still take effect by Jan. 1 or earlier if Mr. Trump implements his plan to reform prescription drug prices. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Drug Supply Chain Feels the Trump Effect," 11 July 2018 By Gordon Dickson Alcon also has been known for the manufacture of prescription drugs, particularly for eye conditions, although that part of its business was recently separated into a different part of Novartis' operations. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "No need to shed tears yet. Alcon promises to stay in Fort Worth after spinoff," 9 July 2018 The decision also offers a clear example of the limits of President Trump and his administration’s efforts to lower prescription drug prices. Erin Mershon, STAT, "Mass. gets a thumbs-down on negotiating Medicaid prices, but Oklahoma wins on ‘value’ rebates," 27 June 2018 The nation's top health official was before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday to testify about prescription drug prices. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: 'We will hold you accountable.' Democrats grill Azar on family separations," 27 June 2018 Through Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other programs, the federal government pays for $300 billion worth of prescription drugs each year. Fran Quigley, The New Republic, "Building a NASA for Prescription Drugs," 10 May 2018 The American Dental Association announced Monday a new interim policy that supports a seven-day limit on prescription drugs for treatment of acute pain. Mari A. Schaefer,, "Dentists urged to limit opioid prescriptions to prevent addiction," 27 Mar. 2018 In 2008, she was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of prescription drugs. Andrew Dalton, The Seattle Times, "Heather Locklear arrested for alleged attack on deputy, EMT," 25 June 2018 While the study is just a starting point for probing the potential role of prescription drugs in depression and suicide, the authors argue that now is the time for more research. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Common drugs have depression as a possible side effect—a third of us take them," 15 June 2018

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of prescription drug 

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

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