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Tops to prescription bottles are pictured inside the Wal-Mart pharmacy Sept. 22, 2006 in Clearwater, Fla. (Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images)
Tops to prescription bottles are pictured inside the Wal-Mart pharmacy Sept. 22, 2006 in Clearwater, Fla. (Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images)

It's all too familiar — you're watching your favorite TV show, then it goes to a commercial break, and you see drug ads for everything from bipolar depression to severe rheumatoid arthritis.

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that spending on medical marketing skyrocketed from $17.7 billion in 1997 to $29.9 billion in 2016, and that spending on advertising directly to patients rose the fastest.

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Dr. Steven Woloshin, physician, professor and researcher at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

This segment aired on January 3, 2019.

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