orphan drug
noun Date: 1981 a drug that is not developed or marketed because its extremely limited use makes it unprofitable

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Orphan drug — An orphan drug is a pharmaceutical agent that has been developed specifically to treat a rare medical condition, the condition itself being referred to as an orphan disease. The assignment of orphan status to a disease and to any drugs developed… …   Wikipedia

  • Orphan Drug — Der Begriff Orphan Arzneimittel oder Orphan drug (von englisch orphan, „die Waise“, aus griech. ὠρφανός) wurde 1983 erstmals für Arzneimittel verwendet, die für die Behandlung seltener Krankheiten eingesetzt werden. Rechtlich korrekt spricht man… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Orphan drug — Der Begriff Orphan Arzneimittel oder Orphan drug (von englisch orphan, „die Waise“, aus griech. ὠρφανός) wurde 1983 erstmals für Arzneimittel verwendet, die für die Behandlung seltener Krankheiten eingesetzt werden. Rechtlich korrekt spricht man… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • orphan drug — (OR.fin drug) n. A drug used to treat a rare disease and for which the manufacturer receives special tax credits and marketing rights as an incentive to develop the drug. Example Citation: In 1983, hoping to encourage research, the government… …   New words

  • orphan drug — noun a) A medicinal drug which is effective in the treatment of some disease(s), but which is not manufactured or marketed because the demand is insufficient to cover the costs of supply …   Wiktionary

  • Orphan drug — A drug that is not being produced, often a medication useful only to a small population of patients. Also, drugs available outside the US but not approved by the FDA for sale in the US. * * * orphan drug n a drug that is not developed or marketed …   Medical dictionary

  • orphan drug — /ɔfən ˈdrʌg/ (say awfuhn drug) noun a medicine, vaccine, etc., which is intended to treat an orphan disease, and which, because it is not commercially viable, often requires special dispensation from regulation and government support to ensure… …   Australian English dictionary

  • orphan drug — or′phan drug′ n. pha a drug that remains undeveloped or is neglected because of limited potential for commercial gain • Etymology: 1975–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • orphan drug — Pharm. a drug that remains undeveloped or untested or is otherwise neglected because of limited potential for commercial gain. [1975 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • orphan drug — noun : a drug that is not developed or marketed because its extremely limited use (as in the treatment of a rare disease) makes it unprofitable …   Useful english dictionary

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