Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
AMA Foundation awards $240,000 to free clinics
Physician-led free clinics in 15 locations recently received a boost in funding for their care of low-income and underserved patients through grants totaling more than $240,000.
The grants of $10,000 to $25,000 were awarded through the AMA Foundation's Healthy Communities/Healthy America program, which offers support for free clinics and volunteer physicians who provide care for those in need. This year's grants, supported by the Walmart Foundation and Lilly USA, LLC, provide funds for nutrition education and diabetes management.
"These free clinics and their grant projects provide a unique and critical pathway to assist the most vulnerable populations, targeting low-income individuals, patients affected by racial and ethnic disparities, or those living in geographic isolation," AMA Foundation President Clarence Chou, MD, said in a news release.
Since the program began in 2007, the AMA Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to clinics that raise funding at the local level and receive limited governmental aid.
Risk evaluation available for new weight-loss drug
A training program for physicians prescribing Qsymia, a newly approved weight-loss drug, identifies the risks of taking the medication.
Viewing this Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Program (REMS) can help improve patient safety in relation to using the drug. Physicians should know about the increased risk of birth defects associated with exposure to Qsymia during the first trimester of pregnancy, the importance for women on the drug to prevent pregnancy and the need for women who become pregnant to discontinue the therapy.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Qsymia for the treatment of obesity earlier this year, the first time to approve such a drug in more than a decade.