painkiller painkiller  /ˈpeɪn ˌkɪ lər/


  • (n) a medicine used to relieve pain



  1. Drug researchers have long searched for a painkiller as effective as morphine, without morphine's potent addictive powers.
  2. Vioxx Court Losses Ouch for the painkiller's maker Merck suffered two defeats in litigation over its drug Vioxx, which can cause heart attacks.
  3. In 1990 more than 100 Nigerian children died from a painkiller that had been made with toxic ethylene glycol instead of propylene glycol.


  1. Patient Drug Suits Curbed as U.S. Supreme Court Backs Takeda

    The U.S. Supreme Court limited the ability of patients to sue drugmakers, overturning a $21 million award to a woman who suffered debilitating injuries after taking a generic painkiller.
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  2. Rosenblum: Skyrocketing opiate abuse among Indians needs attention

    Painkiller addiction is an ugly trend that public health officials finally are getting their arms around. But they need to widen their embrace quickly, to incorporate a quiet demographic desperately in need of support and resources.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  3. Nektra Therapeutics Gains on Trial of New Painkiller

    Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) rose the most in 11 months after a study of its new slow-release painkiller showed it may not lead to abuse of the drug.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Bloomberg


  1. "It is shocking to think that an otherwise healthy toddler who needed an adenotonsillectomy died as a result of the prescribed painkiller," Dr. Koren said.
    on Aug 20, 2009 By: Gideon Koren Source: Globe and Mail

  2. Then Mr. Obama adds, ruefully, "Maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller."
    on Aug 5, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Times

  3. "We were jamming! She was sweating," McConaughey said. "No painkiller, let's go. She just clicked into that gear that only a woman has at a time like this. We'd been up for 40-something hours, and we went from dead tired to a really...
    on Jul 23, 2008 By: Matthew McConaughey Source: Ecorazzi

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