Attorney general allocates funds to create OB-GYN department at UNR

Attorney General Adam Laxalt, second from left, announced his office would allocate $1.2 million to create an OB-GYN department at the University of Nevada, Reno (Photo courtesy office of Adam Laxalt)

The University of Nevada, Reno will receive $1.2 million in funding from the state's attorney general to create a new OB-GYN department, according to a joint statement.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt's office announced Monday that the funding would be allocated to UNR's School of Medicine, saying the new department would provide education for medical students and training for primary care and research.

The funding is part of a $3.8 million settlement between Pfizer and the state of Nevada over claims that the pharmaceutical company unlawfully promoted certain postmenopausal hormone therapy medications.

Nevada is due to receive that settlement money over the course of five years, the attorney general's office said.

The new department would position the School of Medicine to help bridge the doctor shortage gap in Nevada, which ranks 48th in the U.S. for number of physicians per capita, according to Laxalt's office.

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