THURSDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- A new U.S. government report says a gap has developed between minority and white asthma patients when it comes to taking daily medication to prevent asthma attacks.
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality said that black and white asthma patients used daily asthma medication at about the same rate in 2003 -- 29% to 30%. But by 2006, only 25% of black patients were taking the medicine, compared to about 34% of white patients.
A similar gap appeared between Hispanics and whites. Their medicine usage rate was about the same (28% to 31%) in 2003, but by 2006, just 23% of Hispanic asthma patients were using the medications, while about 35% of white patients were.
But the report also stated that the medication usage gap between higher-income people and lower-income people actually shrank between 2003 and 2006.
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