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Nevada announces $1.2 million in funding for new UNR Med OB/GYN department

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 26, 2017

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline) — Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced July 17 that $1.2 million has been allocated to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) for a new OB/GYN department based in Reno with UNR Med community and hospital partners.

“My office is proud to partner with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine to make a lasting investment in women’s health,” Laxalt said. “We are confident that women’s health care in Nevada will benefit greatly from these settlement funds.”

The funds come as part of $3.8 million total funding provided to UNR Med over five years from money provided by Pfizer pharmaceutical company. The company had settled with Nevada after allegations it unlawfully promoted select postmenopausal hormone therapy medication.

“Attorney General Laxalt’s support has had significant impact on the range of educational programs and research projects that our faculty members are leading to improve the quality of women’s health care in our community,” said Dr. Dean Thomas L. Schwenk of UNR Med. “Creating a new OB/GYN department sets the foundation for continued improvement in this area and makes a strong statement for the importance that women’s health has to a healthy Nevada.”

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