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Percent of Asthma Patients with Rescue Inhaler Claim

New York Finger Lakes Region

In contrast with control medications, there is a higher rate of rescue inhaler claims in the Focus Area* compared to the other areas. A hypothesis to explain the difference is that the control medications may be viewed as more discretionary, and therefore deprioritized among families that need to make tough choices about spending limited resources, such as time and money, on prescriptions.

*The Focus Area consists of eight high-poverty ZIP codes in the city of Rochester with particularly high concentration of African-Americans and Latinos. See a map of the Focus Area here.

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