prescription drug


Definition of prescription drug 

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

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Assuming the two trends have continued, deaths from synthetic opioids probably surpassed those from heroin and prescription drugs in February this year. The Economist, "Some good news from the fight against opioids," 31 May 2018 Preexisting conditions are the dominant theme, but Medicare-for-all, prescription drugs, and women’s health are also on the ballot this year. Dylan Scott, Vox, "10 House races where health care could swing the 2018 election," 31 Oct. 2018 This includes guns, knives, ropes and belts, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication. Larry Villano, Lpc, Lisac, USA TODAY, "The teen suicide rate has more than doubled: Here's how you can help save your child," 8 June 2018 The state does not apply the tax for groceries, prescription drugs or residential utility bills like some other states do. Julia O'donoghue,, "Expanded tax credit for Louisiana's working poor rejected in House committee," 31 May 2018 Lawyers who represent consumers hurt by car wrecks and prescription drugs often use private equity money to buy television ads to recruit potential clients, operating call centers to handle the inquiries. L.m. Sixel, San Antonio Express-News, "Private equity funds deploy new investment strategy: financing lawsuits," 29 May 2018 According to a toxicology report released earlier this month, Stephon Clark had alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs in his system the night two Sacramento officers shot and killed him in his grandmother's backyard. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Why the drugs in Stephon Clark's system probably won't matter much to the investigation | The Sacramento Bee," 22 May 2018 The riddle of high drug prices still needs to be solved too Even with Obamacare and preexisting conditions mobilizing Democratic voters this year, prescription drug prices remain a top concern for many Americans. Dylan Scott, Vox, "What the new Democratic House majority might actually pass on health care," 7 Nov. 2018 Among her priorities: quality affordable health care, lower prescription drug prices, diversifying the economy, and public safety. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 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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