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Advertising and Prescription Drugs

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Advertising and Prescription Drugs

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Advertising and Prescription Drugs

Advertising and Prescription Drugs

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Prilosec. Allegra. Viagra. Even if you've never taken them, odds are the names — and commercials — are familiar. But now Congress is worried about how prescription drug advertising shapes Americans' health choices. How will proposed reform of drug advertising affect your prescriptions?

Guests:

Joanne Silberner, NPR Science Desk correspondent

Rob Schneider, director of Prescription for Change campaign at Consumers Union

Peter Pitts, former associate commissioner of the FDA; senior fellow for health care studies at the Pacific Research Institute

Jack Calfee, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute