- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see drug, deal.
- 1902 March 1, American druggist and pharmaceutical record, volume 40-41, page 152:
- A new drug deal of mammoth proportions which has excited the liveliest amount of interest in the wholesale and retail trade in Cincinnati, and throughout the State, has just been consummated.
- 1985, Jack Doyle, Altered harvest: agriculture, genetics, and the fate of the ...:
- Agrichemical interests, not part of the drug deal, were advised to pursue their own bill,
- 2001, West Africa, number 4258-4273:
- Several non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have denounced the lack of transparency in a multinational HTV/AIDS drug deal for developing countries.
- 2005, John English, Ramesh Chandra Thakur, Andrew Fenton Cooper, Reforming from the Top: A Leaders’ 20 Summit, page 36:
- There is little downside to the drug deal – the losses involved are profits from potential future sales of patented drugs.
- 2005, Alexander Kirsch, Securitization of Intellectual Property as a Funding Alternative, page 53:
- After 2004 two deals were brought to market, 2005 has welcomed its first drug deal already in January.
- 2005, P. K. Vasudeva, World Trade Organization: implications for Indian economy:
- The drug deal reached among the countries appeared to be a temporary relief to the developing countries.
- 2007, Jonas E. Alexis, In the Name of Education, page 84:
- Drug companies are even giving doctors "free gists, free meals, free education, special deals" in order for those doctors to accept their drug deal.
- 2008, Mark Baldassare, Cheryl Katz, The Coming Age of Direct Democracy: California's Recall and Beyond, page 201:
- The two sides also agreed on a prescription drug deal with sanctions on pharmaceutical companies that failed to provide discounts for low-income Californians.
- An illegal business transaction where cash or something else of value is exchanged for illegal drugs, usually conducted in a clandestine manner.