John Oliver Tackles Big Pharma in 'Last Week Tonight' Return
John Oliver uses Walter White and Rihanna jokes to help him explain how pharmaceutical companies market their drugs.
John Oliver returned from his three-month Last Week Tonight hiatus, and he wasted no time in getting back to informing the public on important issues. This time, he took on big pharma, breaking down exactly how pharmaceutical companies spend a fortune ($24 billion just last year) marketing directly to doctors.
In fact, one study Oliver cited claims nine out of 10 drug manufacturers spend more money on marketing than research.
"Drug companies are a bit like high school boyfriends; they are much more concerned with getting inside you than being effective once they are in there," said Oliver. He also went into how companies recruit sales reps by promising "ungodly sums of money" and using NBA pregame antics.
Watch below to see Oliver's takedown, complete with Walter White and Rihanna references.