How Americans Got Stuck With Endless Drug Commercials

Two decades of seemingly endless drug commercials are having a profound impact on Americans’ health.

The American Medical Association wants the FDA to ban prescription drug commercials, which have been ubiquitous on American television since the late 1990s.

TV ads for prescription drugs are illegal in most countries and only became common in the US in the late 1990s. Now, it’s hard to imagine American television without them, but their effects on public health are mixed.

In this video, we take a look at both sides of the debate over direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising.