NY Daily News: Crummy economy can make you sick
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The lousy economy is giving people heartburn — literally.
A new Bloomberg Rankings study found the sale of acid reflux medications had a 93% correlation with the unemployment rate over the past five years.
When unemployment goes up, so does the sale of Tums, Rolaids and Zantac, the study found.
Drugs for high blood pressure had a similarly high correlation rate of 92%, and antidepressant sales tracked unemployment 85% of the time.
“The demand for drugs, especially in those classes, appears to be independent of major macroindicators, suggesting that people will find a way to pay for them,” said Andrew Berens of Bloomberg Industries.