AHRQ Stats: Adult asthma rates nearly doubled in past decade
The number of U.S. adults treated for asthma nearly doubled between 1998–1999 and 2008–2009, from 5.5 million to 10.3 million, while asthma drug expenditures quadrupled from $2.5 billion to $10.2 billion. [Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, MEPS, Statistical Brief #374: Changes in Adult Asthma Medication Use and Expenditures, United States, 1998-1999 to 2008–2009 and Statistical Brief #378: Asthma Medication Use Among Adults With Reported Treatment for Asthma, United States, 1998–1999 and 2008–2009.
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