Rockville, MD—December 16, 2017—New York City physicians are prescribing for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, chronic obstructor’s disease (COVID-19), COPD and pneumonia—among other conditions—at a rate three times higher than the national average, according to data published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
In fact, the number of patients prescribed for these conditions is at a record high, according the AMA.
According to the AMA, between 2013 and 2016, more than half of all US doctors prescribed for chronic conditions prescribed for adults aged 65 and older—up from less than one-quarter in the previous two decades.
In 2016, just under 3 percent of all doctors prescribed these conditions in the United States, compared to just under 1 percent in 2013.
New York City, the state with the highest number of physicians prescribing for these diseases, saw a 50 percent increase in the number in 2017 compared to the previous five years.
In the last five years, the city experienced an increase of nearly two-thirds, from about 1,300 in 2013 to nearly 3,500 in 2017.
“It’s not surprising to see a large number of people who have chronic diseases and are in need of treatment,” said Dr. Michael Luskin, an assistant professor at the University of California-Davis School of Medicine.
“The rising numbers of doctors prescribing these medications is an indication of just how important they are for our nation’s health care system.”
The increase in prescription for these drugs may be due to the number and severity of the conditions they are being prescribed for, said Luskins co-author, Dr. Peter Wiedemann.
In addition to the increased number of doctors who are prescribing these drugs, the increase in prescriptions has coincided with a significant rise in the incidence of COPD in the US, according a study published in the journal PLOS ONE by Dr. Wiedems team.
This trend was also seen for other chronic conditions.
According the study, the rate of COPC increased by nearly 50 percent over the past five years—from 7.3 percent in 2015 to 8.6 percent in 2017, a whopping increase of 40 percent.
The increase may also reflect the rise of the opioid epidemic, as the opioid use has risen dramatically in the last decade.
The AMA data also shows that the number prescribing for COPD increased in the state of Florida, with more than 3,000 people receiving these medications.
In New York, doctors are also increasingly prescribing these conditions to patients who are in critical care.
In 2017, the New York State Department of Health issued new guidelines for emergency department patients, recommending that all patients receive COPD screening tests, use of an inhaled nasal spray, and a nasal tube.
The new guidelines also require all emergency department visits to be conducted with a doctor who is a specialist in COPD.
“Our goal is to reduce COVID-20-related hospitalizations and deaths by 80 percent by 2020,” said Lusk.
“We have seen an increase in COPC-related emergency department admissions in New York and need to do even more to address the growing number of hospitalizations for these chronic conditions.”
COPD is the most common chronic disease that is treated with drugs, and the number is on the rise.
According an analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 6,500 cases of COPd reported in the U.S. in 2017 alone, including about 1.4 million in the entire United States.
It is estimated that between 1 and 5 million people are infected with the disease each year, and it is estimated to cause an estimated 5,700 deaths.
A 2015 report by the World Health Organization estimated that there are about 2.5 million COPD-related deaths annually in the world.
The World Health Assembly estimated that by 2027, there could be 1.3 billion people living with COPD worldwide.
The number of COPDs in the country increased by about 30 percent between 2013-2016, according Luskas team, from 1.2 million to 1.5 millions.
According a recent study by the University at Buffalo, COPDs are a major driver of the rising number of suicides in the city of New York.
The study found that suicide rates increased by 30 percent during the period, from 7.4 per 100,000 to 8 per 100 for every 100,00.
“Suicides are a common issue in New England and have been for years,” said Wiedemaan.
“In New York state, we are seeing more and more suicides, particularly from younger adults, with a high rate of depression, anxiety, and stress disorders.”
The report also said that suicides increased from the previous years due to a combination of a lack of job training, lack of mental health resources, and increased drug availability.
The increased suicide rate is likely related to the fact that COPD patients in