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Organ transplant recipients may die when insurance for immunosuppressants runs out

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39150.435058.DB (Published 15 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:556
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    Young transplant recipients who lose their insurance coverage are more likely to stop taking essential anti-rejection drugs, which can increase their risk of organ loss and death, a new study shows (Pediatric Transplantation 2007;11:127-31 doi: 10.1111/j.1399-3046.2006.00639.x).

    “Kids with transplanted kidneys who lose their insurance have a nine times greater chance of dying than those who don't,” said leading author Mark Schnitzler, associate professor in …

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