CALL FOR APPLICATIONS! 2018-2019 Petrie-Flom Center Student Fellowship

Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School, Advanced Submission Deadline for HLS Students: May 18, 2018

What do a MacArthur Genius award winner, several health law professors at top schools, executive directors of leading health law centers, an associate chief counsel of the FDA, and partners and associates at top health care law firms all have in common? The Petrie-Flom Center Student…

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ALS patients losing time and hope as they wait for insurers to cover a pricey new drug

STAT, May 21, 2018
Ed Silverman, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: For the past two years, Sarah Benoit has been getting around with the help of a walker, waiting for a medicine that’s out of reach. Benoit, a former congressional aide, has ALS, a fatal neurological disease…

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What If The NFL Were Regulated By OSHA?

Deadspin, May 22, 2018
Nicole Wetsman, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the Article: Last month, 253 men got new jobs. The process was highly publicized, and employers announced new hires to an audience of millions on live television. It’s likely that no one in the Cowboys’ stadium, where the 2018 NFL Draft took place,…

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On the Human Right to Health: Statistical Lives, Contingent Persons, and Other Difficult Questions

Cambridge University Press, May 18, 2018
I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: In ethics and political philosophy, it is not uncommon to distinguish the question of who is a moral agent (one who bears moral responsibility) from the question of who is a moral patient (one to whom moral obligations are owed). The two need not…

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Trump official on defensive as critics scoff at drug plan

The Hill , May 19, 2018
Peter Sullivan, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: President Trump's health chief is struggling to show that the administration is serious about taking on drug companies after its proposals for lowering prices last week left big companies relieved and even spurred an uptick in their stock prices. …

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Vermont Legislators Pass A Drug Importation Law. So What?

Kaiser Health News , May 18, 2018
Shefali Luthra, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: This week, Vermont passed a first-in-the-nation law that would facilitate the state’s importation of prescription drugs wholesale from Canada. It represents the state’s effort to tackle head-on the issue of constantly climbing…

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Trump spoke on lowering drug prices. The tweets rolled in

Stat, May 11, 2018
Andrew Joseph, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Given that President Trump is famous for his Earth-shaking tweets, it seems appropriate to comb through Twitter reactions to his administration’s new drug pricing plan, which was unveiled Friday. Many…

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ICER Weekly View 05-18-18

Institute For Clinical and Economic Review, May 18, 2018
Mitchell Stein, citing Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Weekly View favorite (and Midwest CEPAC member) Rachel Sachs reviews the specific proposals in the speech in this Health Affairs blog.

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FDA website to post names of drug makers blocking development of cheaper generics

Marketplace, May 17, 2018
Dan Gorenstein, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The FDA plans to unveil a website today naming pharmaceutical companies that have blocked the development of generic drugs by failing to provide samples to competitors. This public posting is part of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's larger crackdown…

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Little Benefit to Breakthrough Cancer Drugs

Cancer Discovery, May 16, 2018
Catherine Caruso, quoting Jonathan J. Darrow (Student Fellow Alumnus)

From the article: In 2012, the FDA created the breakthrough therapy designation to speed up the development and review of drugs intended to treat serious or life-threatening diseases when preliminary clinical evidence indicates a possible substantial improvement over…

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Trump’s Drug Pricing Speech Breaks Little New Ground, Largely Spares Industry

Health Affairs Blog, May 14, 2018
Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: On Friday, President Donald Trump delivered a highly anticipated speech about drug pricing. The speech, coupled with the release of a “blueprint” providing more detail on the subject, was touted by administration officials as…

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Trump promises to ‘derail the gravy train’ and lower drug prices in ‘American Patients First’ plan

The Washington Post , May 11, 2018
Carolyn Y. Johnson, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article:  President Trump promised to “derail the gravy train” in the health-care system Friday afternoon, in a Rose Garden speech in which he unveiled his much-anticipated strategy to lower drug prices. The…

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The 6 most interesting parts of Trump’s mostly disappointing drug price plan

Vox, May 11, 2018
Dylan Scott, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article:  “We’re gonna see those prices go down. It’ll be a beautiful thing to watch,” President Donald Trump said in the Rose Garden on Friday. It’s a big promise. But the actual plan his administration put out doesn’t…

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How to Make a Dent in Crazy-High Drug Prices

Bloomberg, May 11, 2018
By Austin Frakt, citing Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: There’s no good reason to pay a lot for prescription drugs that don’t work well. But that’s what lots of Americans are doing. Some drug prices far outweigh any reasonable measure of the drug’s…

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Do NFL Safety Concerns Mean Regulators Should Get in the Game?

Bloomberg Environment, April 26, 2018
Fatima Hussein, featuring report by the Law and Ethics Initiative of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University

From the article: Concussions involving NFL players have been an increasing worry. Now a debate has resurfaced about whether federal safety regulators should be able to fine teams found guilty of inflicting serious blows to players’ heads.

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Drug made famous by Shkreli’s 5,000% price hike is still $750 a pill

Ars Technica, May 4, 2018
Beth Mole, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

From the article: Disgraced ex-pharmaceutical executive and hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli is now behind bars, facing a seven-year prison sentence for securities fraud. Yet the drug-price hike that initially thrust him into the public spotlight—and infamy—hasn’t…

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For Shame: ‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli Is In Prison, But Daraprim’s Price Is Still High

Washington Post, May 4, 2018
Shefali Luthra, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

From the article: The continued high price of the drug is a cautionary tale to those who hope that public shaming of a few “bad actors” can curb escalating drug prices, because the problem is rooted in the market’s underlying financial incentives. …

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Trump is set to unveil his plan to lower drug prices. Here are four things to watch for.

The Washington Post, May 10, 2018
Carolyn Y. Johnson, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: President Trump will deliver Friday afternoon a twice-delayed, much-anticipated speech about his plan to lower drug prices — after a year when harsh rhetoric against drugmakers was accompanied by little action.

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Work Requirements Give Republicans Cover to Expand Medicaid

U.S. News, April 23, 2018
Gabrielle Levy, quoting Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: While the Medicaid law sets certain mandatory minimums of eligibility and coverage, the waiver program allows states wide latitude to run their programs as they see fit. For state Republican lawmakers demonstrating a willingness to consider Medicaid…

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HealthAffairs Podcast: Precision Medicine

Health Affairs Podcast, May 8, 2018
Jonathan J. Darrow (Student Fellow Alumnus), Alan Weil, Geoffrey Ginsburg, Alessandro Blasimme, Kathryn A. Phillips, Daryl Pritchard,

Overview of the Podcast: The May 2018 issue of Health Affairs on "Precision Medicine," contains a timely and comprehensive look at the use of data and genetic information to better diagnose and treat patients. It features real world examples of how precision medicine…

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