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US prescription drug sales boosted by advertising

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7264.783 (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:783
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    Direct advertising of drugs to consumers has caused retail spending on prescriptions to soar, the National Institute for Health Care Management, an independent, non-profit making research and educational foundation based in Washington, has found.

    Last year pharmaceutical companies spent $1.8bn (£1.3bn) on “direct to consumer” advertising, mostly on television. Advertising expenditure in 1999 rose by 38.5% from the $1.3bn spent in 1998, and …

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