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If you feel inundated with pharma ads, it might have something to do with your taste in TV shows.

Depending on which show you’re watching, prescription drug makers are responsible for as many as 38 percent of ads during commercial breaks — or as few as virtually none at all. That’s according to data from, a company that tracks TV ads and their impact. The data cover the valuable 8-10 p.m. primetime slot over the 12 months that concluded at the end of July.

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  • I’m so tired of the drug ads. We are one of three countries that are inundated with such ads. I’m a firm believer in the mute button. The nighty News has more drug ads than news. Switched to the PBS Newshour which I’ll gladly donate to.

    • Be sure to talk to your doctor, and if you get a deadly side effect call the 1-800-ambulance chaser legal ads

  • What? First we pay for a Globe subscription and then pay again to read the Statplus articles listed in the Globe?

  • And if you need a lawyer for your mesothelioma, your hernia mesh gone bad, or just want to watch endless loops of Marie Osmond shilling for Nutrisystems, or better yet the dimwit on the Liberty Mutual insurance ads behooving us not to drive on three wheels you got your pick.

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