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John Oliver Takes Down Big Pharma in his Return to Last Week Tonight

John Oliver finally returned to Last Week Tonight after his three-month hiatus, and he did not disappoint. In a 17-minute segment, the host took a harsh swipe at Big Pharma, sharply picking apart the industry that peddles prescription drugs.

He rolled a clip profiling corporate reps who hound doctors for prescribing too many of their competitors’ brands. He compared an over-the-top sales meeting for an asthma medication to an “NBA pre-game show.” His revelations may not be new to anyone who’s paid attention to news stories on these subjects in recent years, but as usual, Oliver managed to crystallize some appalling facts about the way the U.S. works. Stay through the end for a biting take on prescription drug ads.