prescription drug


Definition of prescription drug

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

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Beverly Provost of Coral Springs said her concerns center on prescription drug prices. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Health groups make pitch for more affordable drugs and insurance," 14 June 2019 Everyone wants to reduce prescription drug prices, but how? Scott W. Atlas, WSJ, "How to Reduce Prescription-Drug Prices: First, Do No Harm," 13 Feb. 2019 Morris has been disciplined multiple times by the Missouri Board of Pharmacy for improperly dispensing prescription drugs, most recently in 2015, when his license was put on probation. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Do kids who aren’t vaccinated face discrimination? This Missouri lawmaker thinks so | The Kansas City Star," 9 May 2018 While much of the public attention is focused on the abuse of prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin, this class of drugs also includes heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Kelli Ward, Fortune, "I’m Running for Senate in Arizona. Here’s Why We Need a Border Wall.," 22 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of prescription drug

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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