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 Some take prescription drugs that harm the delicate ear. Popular Science, "Hidden hearing loss is hitting people of all ages. Neuroscientists are still debating why.," 21 Jan. 2020 Keever-Nyberg swiped prescription drugs at knifepoint from a pharmacy employee on Feb. 21, 2019, weeks after he was arrested for trying to run over the three youth and was released from jail pending trial. oregonlive, "Driver caught on viral video trying to run over 3 people in a NE Portland park gets prison time," 18 Jan. 2020 Much of Congress’s focus on prescription drugs during the past year has been on their prices, but reports of unsafe medicines could give the bill more momentum this session. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Healthcare: Democrats want FDA to have more drug recall power," 10 Jan. 2020 Trump could still score a big win on prescription drugs before the 2020 election., "Meantime the uninsured rate has gone up on Trump’s watch, rising in 2018 for the first time in nearly a decade to 8.5 percent of the population, or 27.5 million people, according to the Census Bureau.," 31 Dec. 2019 Analysts believe that Amazon negotiating directly with the health insurance industry will allow the company to demand price concessions on prescription drugs. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Amazon’s plan to dominate the pharmaceutical industry is taking shape," 29 Nov. 2019 Annual spending on prescription drugs exceeds $450 billion, according to Pew Trusts, and will likely outpace the costs of other parts of the health sector. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Drug prices for seniors once again rose faster than inflation, report says," 23 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, Democratic groups have been countering the GOP message with ads touting the work the the two freshman have done on issues like health care and lowering prescription drug costs. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin says she'll vote to impeach President Donald Trump," 16 Dec. 2019 Oregon State University pharmacy professor Daniel Hartung has long suspected that corporate greed is behind skyrocketing prescription drug costs, not pharmaceutical companies’ investment in research as company executives regularly claim. oregonlive, "Pharma execs: Thirst for profit drives high drug prices," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of prescription drug

1872, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jan 2020

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“Prescription drug.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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