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This Is Your Brain On Drug Ads

This Is Your Brain On Drug Ads

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In the U.S., pharmaceutical companies can advertise prescription drugs directly to consumers. They run TV commercials and take out glossy full-page ads in magazines. But this is not the norm. In fact, the U.S. is one of only two countries in the world that allows direct-to-consumer prescription drug ads.

Today on the show: How did the U.S.get here? And what do all these drug ads do to us?

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