Report Reveals Disparities in Pharmaceutical Treatment for Minority Patients

May 12, 2009

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Report Reveals Disparities in Pharmaceutical Treatment

for Minority Patients

May 12, 2009 (Washington, DC)—A new report from the National Minority Quality

Forum finds that appropriate medications for a variety of diseases often are underprescribed,

over-prescribed, or mis-prescribed for African Americans, Hispanics and

Asian Americans. This comprehensive review of studies on medication use in U.S.

minority groups, entitled Origins and Strategies for Addressing Ethnic and Racial

Disparities in Pharmaceutical Therapy: The Health-Care System, the Provider, and the

Patient, reveals disparities in treatment of minority patients with cardiovascular illness,

asthma, psychiatric illness, pain and other conditions.

The report, authored by Richard Levy, Ph.D., Robert C. Like M.D., M.S., and Harry S.

Shabsin, Ph.D., finds disparities in access to medications through insurance programs, in

the prescribing of medications and in adherence to medication regimens. The report

offers recommendations for health-care planners and advocates, clinicians and healthcare

organizations to improve prescribing and use of medications in a diverse society. Read more