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1. A colloquial term for a clinic in which patients seeking care for nonacute conditions in the emergency department are triaged for medical or surgical attention; an urgent-care clinic affiliated with an emergency department.

Patient care

Fast-tracks are used by hospitals to limit overcrowding in emergency departments and reduce patients' waiting times. Patients with upper respiratory illnesses and minor trauma are commonly referred to fast-tracks, which permits emergency departments to focus on the critically or acutely ill.

2. A colloquial term for a more rapid evaluation and approval of a new or investigational agent than is allowed for most other new drugs.
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Citing the possibility of revising a fast-tracked bill on repurposing investigative rights between the police and prosecution before it is passed, Cho said; "It is the Assembly's job to deal with this when reviewing the bill."
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Surrogate markers are a bigger problem in fast-track pathways because drugs are approved far earlier than usually happens.
Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis said on Tuesday that the newly launched 'fast-track practice' at the Nicosia hospital's emergency department aiming at better serving patients was going back to the drawing board as it was poorly planned, and that trade unionswould have no say in the matter.