6.4: Amount, in billions of dollars, that U.S. pharmaceutical companies spent in 2016 on ads for prescription drugs
2: Number of countries in which direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical ads are legal (The other country is New Zealand.)
Sources: Kantar Media, National Institutes of Health
Stories for the Waiting Room
According to recent research at Northwestern and Georgetown universities respectively, an estimated 45 percent of moisturizers sold as "fragrance free" contain a fragrance and 83 percent of moisturizers sold as "hypoallergenic" contain a common allergen.
Crump: To experience a sudden change for the worse, as in "That patient suddenly crumped and died."
Phobia of the week
Harpaxophobia - fear of being robbed