New Serious Illness Program Design and Implementation Framework

Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), August 17, 2017
Khue Nguyen, Theresa Schmidt, Robin Whitney, Gary Bacher, Janice Bell, Sibel Ozcelik (Lead Authors)

As part of the Project on Advanced Care and Health Policy, the Petrie-Flom Center hosted two convenings on Critical…

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How Gene Cloning In Pigs Could Help Humans Fight Disease

Greater Boston (WGBH, Boston), August 15, 2017
Jim Braude, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

For the next great medical advancement, look not to the test tube, but to the farm. Experiments that were done here in Boston could make it possible to one-day transplant organs from pics into people. Scientists from Boston start-up eGenesis modified pig genes to remove viruses that could cause diseases…

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The One Time Congress Let the Public Comment on an Upcoming Bill: Was the Last Time It Passed a Major Health Law with Bipartisan Support

Pacific Standard, August 14, 2017
Francie Diep, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Congress doesn't typically ask for public comments on the bills it's considering. But, in January of 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Committee did just that, for a first draft of the 21st Century Cures Act. In a month, the committee received nearly 1,000 pages' worth of…

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Bernie Sanders Tells Big Pharma: Stop Making Americans Pay Twice

International Business Times, August 7, 2017
Josh Keefe, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Other experts told IBT federal support of drug development goes well beyond just funding research. “It’s not so much the money we are actually spending through NIH. We are providing huge value to companies in tax credits, other incentives, expedited FDA approval, exclusivity…

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Who’s Actually Using ‘Right-To-Try’ Laws?: A Texas Oncologist Explains his Experience

RAPS, August 4, 2017
Zachary Brennan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow alumna)

'The record with state-level right-to-try laws also suggests lackluster interest from industry. "It's telling that although 37 states have adopted these laws, when asked to provide examples of success stories, one of the primary groups pushing for their adoption can only provide the testimonies…

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Farewell from Holly Fernandez Lynch, Petrie-Flom Executive Director from 2012-2017

Petrie-Flom Center, August 4, 2017
Holly Fernandez Lynch (Outgoing Executive Director)

Dear Petrie-Flom Community,  Today marks my last day as the Petrie-Flom Center’s Executive Director. In September, I will embark on the next phase of my career, joining the faculty at the Department…

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Academic Fellow Alum Matthew J. B. Lawrence Joins Faculty at Dickinson Law (Penn State)

Dickinson Law, Penn State University, August 1, 2017

Matthew J.B. Lawrence has joined the faculty of Penn State’s Dickinson Law as assistant professor of law. An expert in the fields of health law and administrative law, Lawrence will teach Health…

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Why Only The NFL Doesn’t Guarantee Contracts

Deadspin, August 1, 2017
Dom Cosentino, quoting Christopher Deubert (former Senior Law & Ethics Associate) and citing the PFC's FPHS Comparative League Analysis Report

From the article:  [...] How does this all work? Chris Deubert, one of the Harvard…

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How New Technology Could Threaten a Woman’s Right to Abortion

Gizmodo, July 28, 2017
Kristen V. Brown, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] It could also complicate—and even jeopardize—the right to an abortion in an America in which that right is predicated on whether a fetus is “viable.” “The Supreme Court has pegged…

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Locked Out Of Asia, Americans Are Turning To Eastern Europe To Hire Gestational Surrogates

HuffPost, July 25, 2017
Sarah Elizabeth Richards, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] While it’s impossible to know “what’s presented to you versus what’s really occurring,” Harvard Law School Professor I.…

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Judge Offers Inmates Reduced Sentences in Exchange for Vasectomy

NBC News, July 21, 2017
Kalhan Rosenblatt, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [... I.] Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School, said the program was a "bad policy," and pointed to prior court rulings, which…

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Petrie-Flom Welcomes New Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience!

Petrie-Flom Center, July 21, 2017

We’re excited to announce our 2017–2018 Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience, Francis X. Shen! Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience The Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience,…

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Katherine Kraschel Joins Solomon Center as New Executive Director

Yale Law School, July 7, 2017

From the article: “I am delighted to welcome Katie to the Solomon Center,” said Professor Abbe R. Gluck ’00, Faculty Director for the Solomon Center. “Having worked with her for the past three years in her capacity as Associate General Counsel…

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‘Sperminator’ Ari Nagel spreads more seed on recent Israel visit

Times of Israel, July 6, 2017
Renee Ghert-Zand, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  [...] According to Harvard law professor and bioethics expert I. Glenn Cohen, there is no law that prohibits Nagel’s…

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FDA to Speed Review of Generic Drug Applications Until It’s Approved Three of Them

STAT News, June 27, 2017
Rebecca Robins, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday moved to try to spur more competition in the market for generic drugs, an effort aimed at driving down prices.

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The FDA May Move to Shorten That Grim List of Side Effects in Every Drug Ad: Advertising Execs Can’t Wait

STAT News, June 28, 2017
Megan Thielking, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article: Warning: Watching TV drug ads may put you to sleep. That’s no surprise to many of us who’ve heard about the countless ways prescription…

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Meet The People Doing Poop Transplants The Government Doesn’t Want Them To

Buzzfeed, June 28, 2017
Nidhi Subbaraman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Some scientists and legal experts have suggested that poop be regulated like a tissue — something that was derived from the body, and therefore subject to less stringent regulation…

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The Case for Giving Health-Care Consumers a ‘Nudge’

Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2017
Lisa Ward, interviewing Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

The Case for Giving Health-Care Consumers a ‘Nudge:’ A law professor argues that people will make better choices if they’re asked the right way For example, some states encourage child vaccinations by making it difficult for parents to opt out. They may require a doctor’s…

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Turning to the States to Solve the National Problem of Drug Pricing

STAT News, June 20, 2017
Meghana Keshavan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Drug pricing is a national problem. So a nonprofit wants to help hand off some of that burden to the states. The National Academy for State Health Policy just launched a new center, called the Center for State Rx Drug Pricing, to help state governments navigate the…

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PFC Spotlight: Academic Fellow Alumnus Jeffrey Skopek

Petrie-Flom Center, June 15, 2017
Petrie-Flom Center

Jeffrey Skopek was an Academic Fellow for the 2011-2014 academic years, during which he wrote extensively on anonymity, differentiating it from…

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