orphan patient

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A patient with primary hypochondriasis who has its psychodynamic origin in the unconscious gratification of bodily symptoms and physical suffering that begins when a patient mistakenly assigns serious disease to normal bodily functions or to benign symptoms of trivial illnesses or to the somatic symptoms of emotional arousal

orphan patient

Psychiatry A Pt with primary hypochondriasis that has its psychodynamic origin in the unconscious gratifications of bodily Sx and physical suffering that begins when a Pt mistakenly assigns serious disease to normal bodily functions or to benign Sx of trivial illnesses or to the somatic Sx of emotional arousal. See Munchausen syndrome, Self-mutilation.
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The number of orphan patients has continued to increase in recent years, as family practitioners forgo hospital privileges to concentrate on their office-based practices.
Highlighting the role of specialty pharmaceuticals as the fastest growing segment of the prescription drug market in the United States, the recent Second Annual Ultra Orphan Conference: "Emerging Commercialization Strategies for Addressing the Needs of Ultra Orphan Patients -- Accelerate Product Launch and Profitability by Building Regulatory Requirements into Distribution," offered stakeholders insights into industry trends, explained the impact of healthcare reform, and identified opportunities to turn Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) into a competitive advantage.
com), presents its Second Annual Ultra Orphan Conference: "Emerging Commercialization Strategies for Addressing the Needs of Ultra Orphan Patients -- Accelerate Product Launch and Profitability by Building Regulatory Requirements into Distribution," August 24-26, 2009, Ameristar Casino & Hotel, St.