Meaning of “big pharma” in the English Dictionary


"big pharma" in English

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big pharmanoun [ U ]

/ˌbɪɡ ˈfɑː.mə/ /ˌbɪɡ ˈfɑːr.mə/

large pharmaceutical companies (= companies producing medical drugs), especially when these are seen as having a powerful and bad influence:

He argued that the research scientists were too close to big pharma.

(Definition of “big pharma” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"big Pharma" in Business English

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big Pharmanoun [ S ]

uk us informal

large and successful pharmaceutical companies considered as a business group with important economic, political, or social influence:

Big Pharma is licensing more drugs from biotech companies, but such deals don't come cheap.

(Definition of “big Pharma” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)