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Whites, blacks respond similarly to common blood pressure drugs

ndividual patient, whether cardiac or renal benefits are needed, side effects, and cost."

Both genetic and environmental factors influence response to drugs. This investigation shows that race is not a good proxy for these genetic and environmental factors. More broadly, this study indicates that we should think twice before basing other types of medical treatment on race.

Sehgal is an associate professor of medicine, biomedical ethics, and epidemiology and biostatistics at Case and a member of the Division of Nephrology and Center for Health Care Research and Policy at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.


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Contact: George Stamatis
George.Stamatis@case.edu
216-368-3635
Case Western Reserve University
26-Feb-2004


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