Dhaval Dave, 03 June 2010

As a result of changes in regulation in the late 1990s, spending on direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceutical drugs in the US leapt from $150 million in 1993 to $4.24 billion in 2005. This column examines the effect on demand, finding that broadcast advertising was responsible for 18% of the overall increase in prescription drug expenditures in the US during the period.

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