Asthma Drugs Not Prescribed Often Enough to Lower-Income Kids

Asthma drugs could make life much easier for low-income children with breathing problems, but as Reuters reports, many such kids are not prescribed these medications. An alarming study conducted in South Carolina found that of kids who went to the emergency room with an asthma attack, only 18 percent actually received the appropriate asthma drugs within the next month.

While ER doctors are likely to recommend that families seek out a regular physician to get a prescription or asthma drugs following their attacking, the follow up on the part of economically disadvantaged families is frighteningly low. Consequently, preventative medicines and inhalers go unused, leaving kids vulnerable to further asthma attacks.

Over time, the number of low-income children who finally receive asthma drugs increases to 28 percent, but that number is still too little and this relief comes too late. The researchers involved with the study hope that these statistics are enough to convince emergency room doctors to prescribe asthma drugs to these kids immediately, rather than hoping they will seek out the help with a subsequent appointment.

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