Racial disparities in antidepressant prescriptions

Fluoxetine (Prozac), an SSRI
Fluoxetine (Prozac), an SSRI (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A study on racial disparities in antidepressant prescribing:

A research group at the University of Michigan and Indiana University concluded that physicians were 1.52 times more likely to prescribe antidepressants to Caucasians than to Hispanics for the same major depressive disorders.

The researchers also found that whites were more likely to be prescribed newer, more expensive antidepressants, which also happen to be considered the “first line” prescription for the disorders.

It would be interesting to look at differences in the course of their depression.