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AARP 2006 Prescription Drug Study with Hispanics and African Americans

The affordability of prescription drugs is an important issue to Hispanics and African Americans. This AARP telephone survey examines the experiences of 2,000 age 18+ Hispanics and African Americans in paying for prescription drugs and their interest in legislation addressing pharmaceutical issues. The impact of employer-provided insurance, government-funded coverage or no insurance coverage is highlighted throughout the study.

The survey found that:

  • Of the 73 to 76 percent of those surveyed who purchased prescription drugs within the past year, 41 percent of Hispanics and 38 percent of African Americans had a problem paying for them.
  • Among all respondents, 61 percent of Hispanics and 68 percent of African Americans expressed concern about their ability to pay for prescription medications over the next two years.

In general, the survey found strong support among both Hispanics and African Americans for state legislative actions to...

  • adopt preferred drug lists that serve more people in the community while not covering every prescription drug
  • purchase prescription drugs in bulk and pass this savings on to those without adequate drug coverage
  • require drug manufacturers to report how much they spend on marketing prescription drugs to physicians

This telephone survey of 1,000 age 18+ individuals identifying themselves as Hispanic and 1,000 age 18+ self-identified African Americans was conducted by Synaovate for AARP between December 6th and 23rd, 2006. Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting the report's author, Gail Kutner, at 202-434-6325. (53 pages)

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