Panel: Weighing the Risks of Randomized Controlled Trials and Alternatives

The New York Academy of Sciences, June 21, 2017
Panel featuring Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Amrit Ray, Matthew Rotelli, Steve Usdin, and Robert Walker

On June 21, 2017, Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch participated in a panel discussion on "Weighing the Risks of Randomized Controlled Trials and Alternatives," which was part of the…

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At Drug Hearing, Senators Discuss Meanings of Price and Value - and Debate Health Reform

Health Affairs Blog, June 20, 2017
Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article by Rachel E. Sachs, (Academic Fellow Alumna): On Tuesday, June 13, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions…

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Book Review: I Contain Multitudes - The Microbes Within us and a Grander View of Life

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, June 2017
Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the review by Rachel E. Sachs: Ed Yong's I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within us and a Grander View of Life is…

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ERISA: A Bipartisan Problem For The ACA And The AHCA

Health Affairs Blog, June 2, 2017
Abbe R. Gluck, Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna), and Peter D. Jacobson

From the post: The Supreme Court has once again been called on to mediate the boundaries of a far-reaching, infamously complex, federal employee benefits law. And once again this law may have an important and unanticipated effect on health care.

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From the Technical to the Personal: Teaching and Learning Health Insurance Regulation and Reform

Saint Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 61, no. 411
Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna), Whitney A. Brown, and Lindsay Cutler

From the article: In the Fall of 2016, I taught Health Law and Policy for the fourth consecutive semester. In this repeat loop, one thing has become increasingly clear: the aspect of this survey course that I work with most closely as a scholar—the regulation…

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Specimen Science: Ethics and Policy Implications

MIT Press, September 2017
Edited by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Barbara E. Bierer, I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Suzanne M. Rivera

This edited volume stems from a conference in 2015 that brought together leading experts to address key ethical and policy issues raised by genetics and other research involving human biological…

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New Issue of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB), Vol. 4, No. 1, April 2017

The Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the open-access journal launched in 2014 by the Petrie-Flom Center and Harvard Law School in partnership with Duke University and Stanford University, has published several articles in recent weeks by W. Nicholson Price II…

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Regulating Research with Biospecimens under the Revised Common Rule

The Hastings Center Report, May/June 2017
Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Michelle N. Meyer (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the paper: Since 2011, the research community had waited with bated breath as regulators contemplated for the first time bringing secondary research with nonidentifiable biospecimens under the Common Rule and dramatically tightening the criteria for waiving consent…

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FDA User Fee Reauthorization Clears Hurdle In Senate With Bipartisan Support

Health Affairs Blog, May 15, 2017
Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: On Thursday, May 11, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions marked up the proposed Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fee reauthorization bill and voted 21-2 to advance it to the full Senate. The bill would reauthorize…

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Medical Tourism, Medical Migration, and Global Justice: Implications for Biosecurity in a Globalized

Medical Law Review, April 11, 2017
I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the paper: We live in the age of globalization. In medicine, that globalization has brought many benefits such as the diffusion of technology and the spread of health care training, but it has also brought threats to biosecurity. This article examines how medical…

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Babies From Skin Cells? Prospect Is Unsettling to Some Experts

New York Times, May 16, 2017
Tamar Lewin, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Three prominent academics in medicine and law sounded an alarm about the possible consequences in a paper published this year. “I.V.G. may raise the specter of ‘embryo farming’ on a scale currently…

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Harvard Study Looks At Ways NFL Can Bolster Player Health

Law360, May 16, 2017
Fola Akinnibi, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and citing Petrie-Flom's report

Law360, New York (May 16, 2017, 6:03 PM EDT) -- Harvard Law School published a report Monday exploring the National Football League’s health policies and practices, noting that the professional football league has done a good job with player safety and suggesting areas of improvement using…

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New Report from the Law & Ethics Initiative of the Football Players Health Study: Harvard Report Compares NFL’s Health Policies and Practices to Those of Other Professional Sports Leagues

Petrie-Flom Center and Football Players Health Study at Harvard University, May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017 – While the NFL’s player health policies and practices are robust in some areas, there are opportunities for improvement in others, according to the findings of a newly released report by researchers at The…

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Harvard study: NFL should offer treatment for performance-enhancing drug users

Boston Globe, May 15, 2017
Travis Anderson, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the Boston Globe:  The National Football League should consider providing treatment to any player caught using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a new Harvard University study. The recommendation was one…

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Special Issue: Comparing Health Related Policies and Practices in Sports: The NFL and Other Professional Leagues

Journal of Sports Law and Entertainment, May 2017

The Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law at Harvard Law School published a Special Edition in May 2017, which prints in full the new report from the Petrie-Flom Center's Law & Ethics Initiative, part…

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Promoting demand-side innovation: prizes for payers

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, May 5, 2017
Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the paper: Promoting Healthcare Innovation on the Demand Side,1 the recent article by Professors Rebecca Eisenberg and Nicholson Price, is a thoughtful, detailed look at an issue that has gone almost entirely unexplored in the innovation policy…

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Innovative Contracting for Pharmaceuticals and Medicaid’s Best-Price Rule

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Forthcoming
Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius N. Lakdawalla

From the abstract: In recent years, drug manufacturers and private payers have expressed interest in novel pricing models that more closely link a drug’s price to its value. Indication-based pricing, outcome-based pricing, drug licenses, and drug mortgages have…

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NOW AVAILABLE! Law, Religion, and Health in the United States

Cambridge University Press, July 2017
Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Elizabeth Sepper

About the Book: While the law can create conflict between religion and health, it can also facilitate religious accommodation and protection of conscience. Finding this balance is critical to addressing the most pressing questions at the intersection of law, religion,…

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Revised ‘Common Rule’ Shapes Protections For Research Participants

Health Affairs, May 2017, Vol. 36, No. 5
By Barbara E. Bierer, Mark Barnes, and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article: Research with human participants funded by most federal agencies is governed by a set of rules and procedures designed to protect study participants while enabling the advancement of important biomedical…

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Second Chance Kids

Frontline, PBS, May 2, 2017
Featuring Robert Kinscherff (Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience)

On May 2, 2017, PBS's Frontline aired "Second Chance Kids," an exploration of the fight over the fate of juveniles in prison for murder, following a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Robert…

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