How Americans Got Stuck with Endless Drug Commercials

With the prevalence of prescription drug television advertisements in the United States, many might not guess that they are actually illegal in most countries. Annual spending on drug commercials in the U.S. has been rising quickly and steadily ever since the FDA relaxed the requirements and regulations for these advertisements. Within the United States, organizations such as the American Medical Association have called for a ban on drug ads to consumers. As our society trends more and more towards independence, some may argue that there are indeed benefits to these commercials, such as empowering patients to make decisions for themselves. It should be noted however that back in 1984, most prominent figures believed this practice to be detrimental, disruptive, dangerous, and against the public health interest.

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By: Charles Tan, Cardozo Law Student