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 The Act will reduce prescription drug costs for millions of Americans. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "California Democrat profited from prescription drug price hikes," 21 Aug. 2020 The Maryland Senate on Friday rejected 16 of Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes from last year, including of a bill that would establish a permanent funding mechanism for the nation’s first prescription drug affordability board. Washington Post, "Maryland Senate overrides Hogan veto of bill that funds nation’s first drug affordability," 15 Jan. 2021 The Senate bill would still ensure that Medicaid covers COVID-19 testing and vaccinations and guarantee that SeniorCare, the state's prescription drug discount program for senior citizens, would cover vaccinations. Todd Richmond, Star Tribune, "Wisconsin Senate approves COVID-19 relief package," 12 Jan. 2021 What was initially a measure for prescription drug monitoring turned into a measure full of changes to the state's criminal code and change to how law enforcement is regulated. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Illinois session could include police reforms, criminal justice reforms and cannabis legislation," 8 Jan. 2021 Insurers also argue that prior authorization requirements are necessary to limit rapidly rising prescription drug expenditures. Brian Barnett, STAT, "Who’s choosing Americans’ medications — doctors or insurers? The bane of prior authorization," 1 Jan. 2021 Many Americans with cancer or other serious medical conditions face similar prescription drug ordeals. Harris Meyer, Fortune, "Seniors face steep drug costs as Congress stalls on capping Medicare out-of-pockets," 28 Dec. 2020 One underlying factor impacting the profession is the move by consumers to online shopping, a trend furthered by the pandemic and that includes prescription drug purchases. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Pharmacists back in demand ahead of COVID-19 vaccination push," 23 Dec. 2020 Trump has said 33 million Medicare beneficiaries could receive the benefit, which can be used for prescription drug co-payments. Justin Sink,, "Trump’s $200 Medicare Drug Cards Expected to Be Mailed Jan. 1," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Feb 2021

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“Prescription drug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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