Trending News Today: Veterans Still Face Inconsistent Care

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The FDA recently approved a new treatment for symptoms related to cancer and AIDS. The drug Syndros is a dronabinol oral solution for anorexia, weight loss in patients with AIDS, and nausea and vomiting in patients with cancer, according to The Wall Street Journal. The manufacturer states that it is the only oral solution approved by the FDA.

A new report from the Commission on Care finds that the quality of care given by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is inconsistent and still has access problems. The commission was created in 2014 by Congress in light of problems with long wait times faced by many veterans, according to The New York Times. The commission has created several proposals to improve the quality of care received by veterans.

The federal government recently increased the amount of patients each physician can prescribe buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid addiction. The cap is being increased from 100 patients to 275, according to The Washington Post. Democrats are withholding support until Republicans agree to add financial support to other programs.