pill pusher

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pill pusher

slang Someone, especially a medical doctor, who is authorized to prescribe medication. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Being a psychiatrist is about a whole lot more than being a pill pusher—medication should be the very last resort when treating a patient. You shouldn't go to some pill pusher every time you have a cough. You're body doesn't need all those drugs in it.
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pill-pusher

and pill-roller and pill-peddler
n. a nickname for a physician. I went to the infirmary, but the pill-pusher wasn’t in. The lousy pill-roller just gave me some aspirin.
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Pill-pushers who still have notorious Mortal Kombat and Green Rolex ecstasy tablets are terrified they will be caught with them.
The worst development in psychiatry has been our relegation to being "pill-pushers," off limits to psychotherapy.
Her mother, Sylvia, 61, who also lives in Cramlington, told the inquest how she was preyed on by pill-pushers who knew she would buy temazepam off them at pounds 2 a tablet.
pharma companies have developed the image of profiteering pill-pushers who play fast and loose with research studies, ad claims, and matters of product safety and risk."
The best students in medical school do not opt for psychiatry and today's psychiatrists are primarily pill-pushers who spend very little time with patients.
Pill-pushers with their eyes on the bottom line are eager to gear women up for high-tech sex with new creams, gels, and other products.
ASADLY, most doctors are little more than pill-pushers now.