UPMC “weighted” lottery program improved equity in allocation of scarce medication

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A “weighted” lottery program designed to ensure that people living in the most disadvantaged U.S. neighborhoods would be offered a scarce, potentially life-saving medication proved feasible in a large health system. The approach can improve equity in receipt of the drug by people disproportionately affected by disease, according to an analysis published today in JAMA Health Forum by University of Pittsburgh and UPMC scientist-clinicians.

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