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Do People Really Ask Their Doctors About Drugs They See Advertised On TV?05:36
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A Publix Supermarket pharmacy technician counts out a prescription of antibiotic pills on Aug. 7, 2007 in Miami. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A Publix Supermarket pharmacy technician counts out a prescription of antibiotic pills on Aug. 7, 2007 in Miami. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Anyone who watches television has seen drug ads — for allergies, depression, anxiety, insomnia. Most encourage people to ask their doctors about the drug.

But how often do people actually do that, and how often do doctors prescribe those drugs that people ask about?

Here & Now's Robin Young talks with STAT's Ed Silverman about a new study that looks into both questions.

Guest

Ed Silverman, senior writer and Pharmalot columnist at STAT. He tweets @pharmalot.

This segment aired on September 14, 2016.

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