wonder drug


Definition of wonder drug

: a drug usually newly discovered that elicits a dramatic positive response in a patient's condition : miracle drug So far, Prozac is acting as something of a wonder drug; it is highly effective, causes few dangerous side effects, and is already the most widely prescribed antidepressant after just 4 years on the market.— Ruth Levy Guyer and Daniel E. Koshland Jr. Stodgy old aspirin suddenly appears to be a wonder drug. But as often happens in medicine, the news hype may have overreached in search of hope.— Steven Findlay

Examples of wonder drug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Xtandi, a wonder drug for prostate cancer, was developed at UCLA with substantial funding from the taxpayers through the Pentagon and the National Institutes of Health. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2022 Then, in 2021, ivermectin became the wonder drug of choice for some anti-vaxxers. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Ivermectin is an over 30-year-old wonder drug that treats life- and sight-threatening parasitic infections. Jeffrey R. Aeschlimann, The Conversation, 14 Oct. 2021 But at a price tag of $56,000 every year, with thousands of dollars in other potential medical bills for monitoring side effects like brain swelling, families desperate for a wonder drug could also be bankrupting themselves for nothing. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, 14 July 2021 But for the 2,500 such men returning from World War II, modern wheelchairs offered mobility, and the new wonder drug penicillin cured dangerous infections. Annette Sisco, NOLA.com, 8 Nov. 2020 But this doesn’t mean the CMPV injections are a cancer wonder drug. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, 5 Oct. 2020 The goal of the CORONA database isn't to find a wonder drug per se, but to help design better clinical trials that can establish a real cause-and-effect relationship between a drug agent and an individual's survival. Ryan Prior, CNN, 27 June 2020 Despite the political crisis, the populist leader has touted chloroquine as a potential wonder drug against the new coronavirus -- like his US counterpart Trump. Shasta Darlington And Tara John, CNN, 20 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of wonder drug

1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Wonder drug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wonder%20drug. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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