May 12, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Gretchen Wartman, (202) 223-7560
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