prescription drug


Definition of prescription drug

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

Examples of prescription drug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kurt Schrader helped bury prescription drug reform. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 11 May 2022 After Williams’ former partner Heath Ledger died of an accidental prescription drug overdose in 2008, Strong, another friend and the actress’s sister and her boyfriend all moved into her Brooklyn home. Brent Lang, Variety, 10 May 2022 Switching from one stand-alone prescription drug plan to another. Justin Brock, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 The Senate Finance Committee holds a hearing to examine prescription drug price inflation, focusing on lowering drug prices in Medicare, at 10 a.m. Rick Klein, ABC News, 16 Mar. 2022 Washington state moves closer to creating the next prescription drug affordability board. Nicholas Florko, STAT, 10 Mar. 2022 In fact, the Congressional Budget Office, Congress’s nonpartisan bookkeeper, found the bill would save taxpayers money by buffeting Medicare’s prescription drug discounts. Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2022 As consumers, advocates and others prioritize their fight to lower prescription drug costs, insulin is usually first in line. Ana B. Ibarra, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Apr. 2022 Those include action on climate change, lowering prescription drug costs, canceling student debt and immigration reform, according to people familiar with the matter. Jarrell Dillard,, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prescription drug

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prescription drug was in 1872

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24 May 2022

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“Prescription drug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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