The US pharmaceutical industry spent $6.1 billion on advertising prescription drugs directly to consumers in 2017.  Since 1962 these ads have been regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that they are not false or misleading. The United States and New Zealand are the only two countries where direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs is legal.
It would seem that the 6.1 billion dollars contributes to the UNP, not the gross national product or the gross domestic product but the useless national product. If we eliminated that spending, doctors would still need to prescribe drugs. The money goes down a rabbit hole with no benefits to the public.
Big pharma gets the benefit and we get higher drug costs. Its time for a change. Let’s let voters decide, not the bureaucrats in the FDA (who may be acting on recommendations from big pharma).