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Shorter waits for new patients at VA than in private sector, U.S. study finds

(Reuters Health) – In many cases, veterans get a first appointment at VA hospitals quicker than the general public gets first appointments with health care providers, government researchers report. The researchers, all from the VA, compared wait times there for new patients to those for new patients in the private sector as determined by an… Read More »

Study links opioid epidemic to painkiller marketing

(Reuters Health) – Researchers are reporting a link between doctor-targeted marketing of opioid products and the increase in U.S. deaths from overdoses. In a county-by-county analysis, they found that when drug companies increased their opioid marketing budgets by just $ 5.29 per 1,000 population, the number of opioid prescriptions written by doctors went up by… Read More »

Study shows impact of urgent care centers on nonemergent ED usage

Dive Brief: A new study suggests urgent care centers are impacting the use of emergency departments for minor illnesses and injuries, but only in locations with multiple UCCs. The multistate study by the National Bureau of Economic Research compared nonemergent ED use when UCCs were open and closed. The results showed a 1.4% uptick in… Read More »

Study sees limited risk in taking ondansetron during first trimester of pregnancy

Ondansetron (Zofran) is commonly and increasingly prescribed during pregnancy to relieve nausea. In 2014, an estimated 22 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. used the drug at some point during their pregnancy. Despite its prevalence, data on the safety of the drug and any effects on the developing fetus have been limited, with small-scale… Read More »