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October 4, 2017 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B (2036)
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

From “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli to huge price jumps for the EpiPen to the Hepatitis C treatment that costs $1000 per pill, pharmaceutical pricing is a major issue in the news and in Washington. The regular introduction of new, often expensive therapeutics as well as controversial price increases for familiar drugs attract bipartisan attention and ensure that drug costs will remain an important topic of public policy debate.

This panel of experts will discuss current laws and regulations governing pharmaceutical pricing in the United States, the impact of breakthrough therapeutics on drug pricing, and the future of drug pricing policy in the United States.


  • Aaron S. Kesselheim, Associate Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

  • Jorge Lopez, General Counsel, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

  • Sabrina Yohai, Vice President, Policy, Access & Value, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.


health care finance   health law policy   innovation   intellectual property   medicaremedicaid   pharmaceuticals   regulation