Pre-order now and get 30% off! Specimen Science

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

Pre-order through MIT Press and receive 30% off using discount code MSPECIMEN30: Order now! This edited volume stems from a conference in 2015 that brought together leading experts to address key… Read More

ORDER NOW & GET 20% OFF! Law, Religion, and Health in the United States

Cambridge University Press, July 2017
by 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… Read More

2017-2018 Petrie-Flom Center Student Fellowship
Harvard Law School

Deadline: August 11, 2017

The deadline for applications for the 2017-2018 fellowship is now closed.  The Center and Student Fellowship. The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics is an interdisciplinary… Read More

Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics
Princeton University

Deadline: November 13, 2017

General Description: The University Center for Human Values invites applications for the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellowship in Bioethics. The Shapiro Fellowship supports outstanding scholars studying… Read More

Call for Papers: Second Annual Regional Health Law Works-in-Progress Retreat
Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy

Deadline: November 17, 2017

Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy is pleased to announce the Second Annual Regional Health Law Works-in-Progress Retreat, which will be… Read More

For GOP, Political Incentive Is ‘As Much Of A Reason As The Substance’ To Pass Repeal Bill

Kaiser Health News, September 21, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The driving force behind this last-ditch attempt for many lawmakers it the simple fact that they promised their… Read More

Majority Of States Would Lose ‘Jaw-Dropping’ Amounts Of Funding Under Graham-Cassidy Bill

Kaiser Health News, September 21, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations A new study by Avalere Health finds that red states would disproportionately benefit, while 34 states would be hit… Read More

Insurance Industry Comes Out Against Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare Bill

Forbes, September 20, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

The nation’s Blue Cross Blue Shield plans and the powerful insurance lobby America's Health Insurance Plans on Wednesday joined mounting opposition from health-care providers, patient advocates… Read More

Anger as Brazilian judge backs anti-gay ‘therapy’

BBC News, September 20, 2017

Brazilian activists and celebrities have condemned a court ruling that approves a "cure" for gay people. Waldemar de Carvalho, a federal judge in the capital Brasilia, backed a psychologist who had her… Read More

Your Money or Your Patient’s Life? Ransomware and Electronic Health Records

Annals of Internal Medicine, September 19, 2017
by By I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Sharona Hoffman, and Eli Y. Adashi

The mugger's demand “Your money or your life” is a familiar one. However, in an era of vast hospital computer networks and electronic health records, a novel risk to worry about is, “Your… Read More

41 States To Investigate Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioids

NPR, September 19, 2017
by Yuki Noguchi

The attorneys general of 41 U.S. states said Tuesday that they're banding together to investigate the makers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that have, over the past decade, led to… Read More

Attorneys General in 37 States Urge Insurance Industry to Do More to Curb Opioid Epidemic

ProPublica, September 18, 2017
by Charles Ornstein

ttorneys general for 37 states sent a letter Monday to the health insurance industry’s main trade group, urging its members to reconsider coverage policies that may be fueling the opioid… Read More

As Federal Government Cuts Obamacare Ads, Private Insurer Steps Up

NPR, September 18, 2017
by Alison Kodjak

Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act insurance doesn't start for another six weeks. But the quirky insurance startup Oscar Health is launching an ad campaign Monday aimed at getting young… Read More

GOP Says It’s Close On Graham-Cassidy Bill, But Those Last Votes Have Always Been A Struggle

Kaiser Health News, September 18, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The measure from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is the party's last-ditch effort… Read More

​Anthem Reverses Course, Will Sell Plans On Individual Marketplace In Virginia

Kaiser Health News, September 18, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations So far efforts to keep any county from being "bare" under the law have been successful. Meanwhile, Affordable… Read More

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers

ProPublica, co-published with the New York Times, September 17, 2017
by Katie Thomas, New York Times, and Charles Ornstein, ProPublica

At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide… Read More

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

New York Times, September 16, 2017
by Andrew Jacobs and Matt Richtel; Photographs by William Daniels

[...] Nestlé’s direct-sales army in Brazil is part of a broader transformation of the food system that is delivering Western-style processed food and sugary drinks to the most isolated… Read More

Rural Hospitals Struggle To Stock Expensive Drugs That Could Save Lives

NPR, September 15, 2017
by Sarah Jane Tribble

[...] Langston fears others could die because of an unintended bias against rural hospitals built into the U.S. health law. An obscure Obamacare provision forces rural hospitals like Langston's to… Read More

‘Whatever it takes’

STAT, September 13, 2017
by Max Blau

[...] Hospital administrators, long accustomed to the world of hiring incentives, are making more enticing offers to nurses than ever before. Five-figure signing bonuses have replaced four-figure… Read More

The race for a Zika vaccine slows, a setback for efforts to head off future outbreaks

STAT, September 13, 2017
by Helen Branswell

The development of a type of Zika vaccine that authorities had hoped to usher to the market has proven more challenging than some scientists and pharmaceutical companies had expected, people involved in… Read More

Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine

Deadline: September 30, 2017

General Description: In February 2016, the National Library of Medicine received a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation to support enhanced access to the Michael E. DeBakey Archives… Read More

Fifth National Nursing Ethics Conference Call for Poster Abstracts
Ethics of Caring

Deadline: October 06, 2017

Conference Description: Please consider submitting a poster abstract for review to present at the National Nursing Ethics Conference. The Ethics of Caring is proud to host the fifth National Nursing Ethics… Read More

Bioinformatics and Data Science for Public Health
Silent Spring Institute

Deadline: Open until filled.

General Description: Silent Spring Institute seeks a versatile bioinformatician, data scientist, machine learning expert, or statistician to tackle big data problems in environmental health and cancer… Read More

Corporate Paralegal or Junior Attorney (entry level)

Deadline: Open until filled.

General Information: Addgene is a thriving, non-profit organization that facilitates biomedical research and discovery. Addgene assists scientists by archiving their plasmid DNA samples and distributing… Read More

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Deadline: November 01, 2017

General Information: The online application system is open from May 1 through November 1 for the fellowship class that begins the following September. We accept online application submissions only. Application… Read More

Why a Drug Company Is Selling Patents to a Native American Tribe

Gizmodo, September 12, 2017
by By Ryan F. Mandelbaum, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] There is concern that this act may be precedent setting, and other companies may also try and transfer patents to Native American tribes to get around these patent lawsuits. Rachel Sachs,… Read More

Call for Papers: 2018 Annual Health Law Conference: Diseases of Despair: The Role of Law and Policy
Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Deadline: November 15, 2017

In 2015, Princeton professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton wrote a groundbreaking paper that revealed a shocking increase in midlife mortality among white, non-Hispanic Americans between 1999… Read More

Democrats Worry Compromising For Short-Term Wins Will Lead To Long-Term Evisceration Of Law

Kaiser Health News, September 11, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Democratic lawmakers want the insurer subsidies to be paid. But to get that, they have to give up on something… Read More

How to Protect a Drug Patent? Sell it to a Native American Tribe

New York Times, September 8, 2017
by Katie Thomas

The drugmaker Allergan announced Friday that it had transferred its patents on a best-selling eye drug to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in upstate New York — an unusual gambit to protect the drug… Read More

The Powerful Pull Of Opioids Leaves Many ‘Missing’ From U.S. Workforce Listen· 5:21

NPR, September 8, 2017
by Yuki Noguchi

[...] Economists estimate 1.5 million working-age people are missing from the labor force, not working or looking for work. It is not clear to what extent the country's heroin and opioid painkiller… Read More

Meningitis B Vaccine’s High Price Tag Poses A Health Care Conundrum

Kaiser Health News, September 8, 2017
by Shefali Luthra

Four years ago, when meningitis B, an extremely rare but potentially lethal form of the infection, sickened a small number of college students at Princeton and the University of California-Santa Barbara,… Read More

The Breakthrough: Hopelessness and Exploitation Inside Homes for Mentally Ill

ProPublica, September 8, 2017
by Joaquin Sapien

In the 1960s, New York began to clear out its scandal-ridden psychiatric hospitals. In their place, a new system emerged. Thousands of mentally ill New Yorkers moved into “adult homes,” large… Read More

FDA Accuses EpiPen Maker of Failing to Investigate Malfunctions

New York Times, September 7, 2017
by Katie Thomas

The Food and Drug Administration this week accused the drugmaker Pfizerof failing to properly investigate reports of malfunctioning EpiPens, including incidents when patients died or became… Read More

Judge opens door for lawsuit over girl declared brain dead

ABC News, September 7, 2017
by Paul Elias, Associated Press

A California judge ruled that a teen girl who was declared brain dead more than three years ago after a tonsillectomy may technically still be alive, allowing a malpractice lawsuit against the… Read More

PFC Spotlight: Student Fellow Alumna Sara Abiola

Petrie-Flom Center, September 7, 2017

Sara Abiola, PhD, JD, was a Student Fellow during the 2006-2007 academic year, while a second-year law student and first-year health policy doctoral candidate. As part of the inagural Student Fellow class,… Read More

A Tone Shift On Capitol Hill As Lawmakers Try To Come Up With Bipartisan Health Solution

Kaiser Health News, September 6, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Republicans are now in the position to have to work with Democrats so make sure the marketplace doesn't… Read More

Lasker Prizes Go to Planned Parenthood and Developers of HPV Vaccine

New York Times, September 6, 2017
by Heather Murphy

One of the nation’s most prestigious prizes in medicine will go to Planned Parenthood and two scientists who played a crucial role in developing the vaccine to combat HPV, a sexually transmitted… Read More

Kentucky Could Become The Only State Without A Clinic That Performs Abortions

NPR, September 6, 2017
by Sarah McCammon

Kentucky is down to only one clinic that performs abortions: the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville. A trial kicking off Wednesday morning in federal court in Louisville… Read More

Deporting ‘Dreamers’ May Hit Home Health Care Especially Hard

New York Times, September 6, 2017
by Noam Scheiber and Rachel Abrams

When the Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it would endan Obama-era program that shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation, Sherwin Sheik quickly sized up the potential… Read More

Trump’s administration is rewriting a rule that made transgender health care accessible

STAT, September 5, 2017
by Usha Lee McFarling

[...] Republicans in Congress have not been able to overturn the Affordable Care Act — at least, not yet. But the Trump administration is working to revise a section of the law that says… Read More

These Scientists Got To See Their Competitors’ Research Through Public Records Requests

BuzzFeed News, September 2, 2017
by Teresa L. Carey and Aylin Woodward

[...] In the past few years, some scientists have complained that FOIA has been weaponized by activists and special interest groups to “bully” and “harass” researchers… Read More

Trump nominates Republican Congressman Tom Marino as drug czar

STAT, September 2, 2017
by Lev Facher

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday nominated Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy as the nation’s “drug czar,” months after he had officially… Read More

Texas Expedites Help From Out-Of-State Health Care Providers

NPR, September 1, 2017
by Andrea Hsu and Rebecca Hersher

Facing tremendous need after Hurricane Harvey, Texas has made it easier for out-of-state health care providers to come and help. The Texas Medical Board says health care workers who are licensed… Read More

Administration Guts Health Law Ad Budget While Critics Call Sabotage

Kaiser Health News, September 1, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations On top of the 90 percent cut to the advertising budget for the open enrollment period, grants to navigators… Read More

Influence, integrity, and the FDA: An ethical framework

Science, Sep 1, 2017: Vol. 357, Issue 6354, pp. 876-877.
by Spencer Phillips Hey, I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Eli Y. Adashi, & Aaron S. Kesselheim

Summary: Among the core missions of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are protecting public health by assuring the safety and efficacy of drugs, biologics, and medical devices and advancing public… Read More

Under ‘Observation,’ Some Hospital Patients Face Big Bills

New York Times, September 1, 2017
by Paula Span

[...] On July 31, a federal judge in Connecticut certified a class in a class-action lawsuit: all Medicare recipients who’ve been hospitalized and received observation services as outpatients… Read More

Research into marijuana benefits for vets with PTSD in danger of shutdown

Military Times, August 31, 2017
by Leo Shane III

WASHINGTON — An Arizona study hoping to provide definitive answers on the medical benefits of marijuana for wounded veterans is in danger of collapsing because researchers can’t find enough… Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Texas Anti-Abortion Law

NPR, August 31, 2017
by Richard Gonzales

A federal judge temporarily blocked an anti-abortion law set to take effect in Texas on Friday that would have limited second trimester abortions in that state. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued an… Read More

Kent Heckenlively, US ‘anti-vaxxer’, denied Australian visa

BBC News, August 31, 2017

A US author who bills himself as the "world's #1 anti-vaxxer" has been denied a visa to enter Australia for a speaking tour. Kent Heckenlively had planned to visit Australia in December to call for… Read More

Clinical Ethics Fellowship
Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine

Deadline: November 13, 2017

General Description: This competitive 2-year fellowship offers the opportunity to train with the Center’s nationally renowned faculty and staff who lead premier Clinical Ethics Consultation… Read More

F.D.A. Approves First Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment, Costing $475,000

New York Times, August 30, 2017
by Denise Grady

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first-ever treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer, a milestone that is expected to transform… Read More

Health Issues Stack Up In Houston As Harvey Evacuees Seek Shelter

NPR, August 29, 2017
by Andrea Hsu and Melissa Penaloza

As floodwaters continue to rise in parts of Houston, health workers are trying to keep people safe and well, though that challenge is escalating. "The first and foremost thing that everybody's concerned… Read More

Sessions: Drug overdoses ‘the top lethal issue’ in the US

ABC News, August 29, 2017
by Ivan Moreno, Associated Press

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths "the top lethal issue" in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to "create and foster a culture that's… Read More

Syringe Exchange Program Aims To Slow Hepatitis C Infections In Alaska

NPR, August 29, 2017
by Zachariah Hughes

Like many states, Alaska is struggling under the burden of opioid abuse. Prescription painkillers and heroin accounted for 74 percent of Alaska's drug overdose deaths last year. Transmission of blood-born… Read More

Exclusive: Bloomberg charity scrutinized by India for anti-tobacco funding, lobbying - documents

Reuters, August 29, 2017
by Aditya Kalra

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has been investigating how Bloomberg Philanthropies, founded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, funds local non-profit groups for anti-tobacco lobbying, government documents… Read More

Offshore Human Testing Of Herpes Vaccine Stokes Debate Over U.S. Safety Rules

Kaiser Health News, August 28, 2017
by Marisa Taylor

WASHINGTON — Defying U.S. safety protections for human trials, an American university and a group of wealthy libertarians, including a prominent Donald Trump supporter, are backing the offshore testing… Read More

F.D.A. Cracks Down on ‘Unscrupulous’ Stem Cell Clinics

New York Times, August 28, 2017
by Sheila Kaplan and Denise Grady

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration announced a crackdown on dangerous stem cell clinics on Monday, while at the same time pledging to ease the path to approval for… Read More

India rape victim, 13, seeks court approval for abortion

BBC News, August 28, 2017

The parents of a pregnant 13-year-old rape victim from the Indian city of Mumbai have gone to the Supreme Court seeking permission to abort her baby. The girl is 30 weeks pregnant. Indian law allows terminations… Read More

Tenure-Track/Tenured Health Law Position
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Deadline: September 25, 2017

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position. We invite applications from entry-level and experienced scholars. The position… Read More

Deliberate Indifference

Undisclosed Podcast, August 24, 2017
by Colin Miller, speaking with Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

"Undisclosed" Podcast: Colin investigates the crisis of Hepatitis C in correctional facilities. Read More

Artificial wombs are coming. They could completely change the debate over abortion.

Vox, August 23, 2017
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: There’s a scientific development on the horizon that could upend the abortion debate: artificial wombs. The research remains preliminary, but in April a group of scientists at the… Read More

Call for Applications: T3/T4 Research Course - Translating Effective Interventions into Practice
Harvard Catalyst Education Program

Deadline: September 22, 2017

This Harvard Catalyst course is open to candidates at Harvard-affiliated instutions. The typical audience includes fellows, post-docs, and junior faculty, and the course has no prerequisites. At a… Read More

Obamacare survives its latest threat: Bare counties

POLITICO Pulse, August 21, 2017
by Dan Diamond, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article:  Trump quietly signs FDA reauthorization bill. The president didn't hold a signing ceremony on Friday, even though the bill has been one of the few major pieces of legislation… Read More

Congressional Clock Is Ticking On Efforts To Shore Up Obamacare Insurance Markets

Kaiser Health News, August 18, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Though some senators say they are cautiously optimistic, it is not yet clear if lawmakers will be able to reach… Read More

What you missed while following Charlottesville: The opioid emergency

Axios, August 18, 2017
by Erica Pandey, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The opioid emergency "The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I'm saying officially, right now, it is an emergency ... It's a national emergency. We're going to spend a lot… Read More

A Cancer Conundrum

New York Times, August 18, 2017
by Gina Kolata

With the arrival of two revolutionary treatment strategies, immunotherapy and personalized medicine, cancer researchers have found new hope — and a problem that is perhaps unprecedented in medical… Read More

India threatens Philip Morris with ‘punitive action’ over alleged violations

Reuters, August 18, 2017
by Aditya Kalra

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government has threatened Philip Morris International Inc with "punitive action" over the tobacco giant's alleged violation of the country's anti-smoking laws,… Read More

New Serious Illness Program Design and Implementation Framework

Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), August 17, 2017
by 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 Pathways to Improved Care for Serious Illness.  Through roundtable discussions… Read More

Federal Appeals Court Says Arkansas Can Block Medicaid Payments To Planned Parenthood

NPR, August 16, 2017
by Merrit Kennedy

A federal appeals court has sided with the state of Arkansas against Planned Parenthood, saying it can block Medicaid payments to the medical provider. It reversed earlier injunctions that forbade the… Read More

Questions About The FDA’s New Framework For Digital Health

Health Affairs Blog, August 16, 2017
by Nathan G. Cortez, Nicolas Terry, and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: In June 2017, the new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb pre-announced his agency’s Digital Health Innovation Action Plan that indicates… Read More

How Gene Cloning In Pigs Could Help Humans Fight Disease

Greater Boston (WGBH, Boston), August 15, 2017
by 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.… Read More

Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficits Higher

New York Times, August 15, 2017
by Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming… Read More

Trump Administration Extends Deadline For Insurers To Decide On Obamacare Markets

NPR, August 14, 2017
by Alison Kodjak

The Trump administration is giving insurance companies an extra three weeks to decide whether to offer insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act markets, and how much to charge. The extension comes… Read More

The One Time Congress Let the Public Comment on an Upcoming Bill

Pacific Standard, August 14, 2017
by 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… Read More

Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Humans

New York Times, August 10, 2017
by Gina Kolata

In a striking advance that helps open the door to organ transplants from animals, researchers have created gene-edited piglets cleansed of viruses that might cause disease in humans. The experiments, reported… Read More

Bernie Sanders Tells Big Pharma

International Business Times, August 7, 2017
by 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… Read More

Administering Health Innovation

Cardozo Law Review, Forthcoming 2018
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

Abstract Scholars and policymakers have recently begun to focus on the role federal agencies charged with health-related missions can play in the development of innovative health technologies and promotion… Read More

Who’s Actually Using ‘Right-To-Try’ Laws?

RAPS, August 4, 2017
by 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… Read More

Massachusetts Officials Take Control Of Health Insurance Co-Op Formed By ACA

Kaiser Health News, August 4, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Minuteman Health Inc., which served customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, was one of the small customer-owned… Read More

Trump Touts New VA Telehealth Service

MedScape, August 4, 2017
by Ken Terry

President Trump today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will soon roll out a new virtual visit service called VA Video Connect along with a new smartphone app for appointment scheduling.… Read More

Aetna’s Outlook Improves Amid Obamacare Exit

Forbes, August 3, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

Aetna’s moves to expand its Medicare Advantage business and shed its money- losing individual offerings under the Affordable Care Act are boosting the company’s financial outlook. [...] Read More

Senate Passes F.D.A. Funding and ‘Right to Try’ Drug Bills

New York Times, August 3, 2017
by Robert Pear and Sheila Kaplan

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday gave final approval to legislation to finance the Food and Drug Administration, clearing the measure for President Trump and tapping drug manufacturers once… Read More

To Grow Market Share, A Drugmaker Pitches Its Product To Judges

NPR, August 3, 2017
by Jake Harper

[...] More than 130,000 Americans will go through drug courts this year, according to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Drug courts are designed to allow some people whose crimes stem… Read More

Major Gene Editing Breakthrough Raises Concerns About Ethics Of ‘Designer Babies’

Kaiser Health News, August 3, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations For the first time, scientists have edited genes in embryos to fix a disease-causing mutation. The milestone… Read More

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… Read More

Healthcare Corporate Counsel
Juno Therapeutics

Deadline: Open until filled

Job Summary: Healthcare Corporate Counsel We are seeking Healthcare Counsel to join the in-house legal team at an innovative cell therapy company. The successful candidate will provide support and… Read More

Maine Raises Smoking Age to 21 After Lawmakers Override Veto

New York Times, August 2, 2017
by Matthew Haag

Maine will become the fourth state to raise the smoking age to 21 and will adopt stricter regulations on the sale of electronic cigarettes after lawmakers on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to override… Read More

Senators To Hold Bipartisan Hearings To Try To Protect Insurer Subsidies Threatened By Trump

Kaiser Health News, August 2, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold sessions beginning the week of Sept.… Read More

States Allowed To Intervene Over Federal Subsidy Payments Case, Court Of Appeals Rules

Kaiser Health News, August 2, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The case, which dates back to the Obama administration, was filed by the Republican-led House against the government… Read More

Insurer Subsidies Provide Trump With Powerful Tool He’s Not Hesitating To Wield

Kaiser Health News, August 1, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations If President Donald Trump cut off the subsidy payments to insurers, which he can decide to do, it would devastate… Read More

Why Only The NFL Doesn’t Guarantee Contracts

Deadspin, August 1, 2017
by 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 study’s authors, told me that “the contract on its face is guaranteed.” But what the… Read More

White House not letting go of Obamacare repeal

Politico, July 31, 2017
by Burgess Everett and Josh Dawsey

The White House is trying to rebuild momentum for Obamacare repeal after it stalled, yet again, in the GOP Senate last week. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) met Monday with top aides to President Donald Trump… Read More

Trump’s Opioid Commission Calls for a State of Emergency

The Atlantic, July 31, 2017
by Olga Khazan

A government opioid commission chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has called for President Trump to declare a state of emergency in dealing with the opioid epidemic, which now kills more… Read More

How to Repair the Health Law (It’s Tricky but Not Impossible)

New York Times, July 29, 2017
by Reed Abelson, Abby Goodnough, and Katie Thomas

Republicans have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, can it be repaired? The seven-year-old law has survived Supreme Court decisions and aggressive attempts to extinguish it by Republicans… Read More

F.D.A. Delays Rules That Would Have Limited E-Cigarettes on Market

New York Times, July 28, 2017
by Sheila Kaplan

Electronic-cigarette makers won a major reprieve on Friday when the Food and Drug Administration delayed regulations that could have removed many of their products from the market and opened the door to… Read More

FDA Announces Plan To Cut Level Of Nicotine Allowed In Cigarettes

NPR, July 28, 2017
by Rob Stein and Robert Siegel

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing sweeping changes to how it regulates cigarettes and related products, including e-cigarettes. One big change: It's planning to reduce the amount of nicotine… Read More

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

Gizmodo, July 28, 2017
by 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… Read More

McCain Rejects ‘Skinny Plan’ And Helps Derail GOP’s Repeal Efforts In Stunning Late-Night Vote

Kaiser Health News, July 28, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The so-called "skinny plan" kept most of the Affordable Care Act in place, only rolling back some provisions… Read More

Postdoctoral Fellowship
Sydney Law School

Deadline: September 10, 2017

OVERVIEW The University of Sydney Law School Postdoctoral Fellowship aims to attract an outstanding early career researcher to the University of Sydney to contribute to and enhance the research strengths… Read More

Artificial Wombs and Abortion Rights

The Hastings Center Report, July 27, 2017
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract: In a study published in late April in Nature Communications, the authors were able to sustain 105- to 115-day-old premature lamb fetuses—whose level of development was comparable to that… Read More

China and India File Rival Claims Over Tibetan Medicine

New York Times, July 27, 2017
by Mike Ives

HONG KONG — China and India have jockeyed for centuries over the Himalayas. The Chinese military invaded Tibet in 1950. India granted asylum to the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual… Read More

A Landmark Lawsuit About An Intersex Baby’s Genital Surgery Just Settled For $440,000:

BuzzFeed News, July 26, 2017
by Azeen Ghorayshi

After four years in court, a first-of-its-kind legal battle over operating on “intersex” babies who are born with ambiguous genitalia has finally settled for $440,000, according to court… Read More

Hospitals Face Growing Cybersecurity Threats

NPR, July 26, 2017
by Lauren Silverman

In the neonatal intensive care unit of Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, a father is rocking a baby attached to a heart monitor. While doctors roam the halls trying to prevent infections,… Read More

AP Interview: China to lead in organ transplants by 2020

ABC News, July 26, 2017
by Christopher Bodeen, AP

China is on track to lead the world in organ transplant surgeries by 2020 following its abandonment of the much-criticized practice of using organs from executed prisoners, the architect of the country's… Read More

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

HuffPost, July 25, 2017
by 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. Glenn Cohen said, fertility… Read More

Celgene to Pay $280 Million to Settle Fraud Suit Over Cancer Drugs

New York Times, July 25, 2017
by Katie Thomas

The pharmaceutical company Celgene has agreed to pay $280 million to settle claims that it marketed the cancer drugs Thalomid and Revlimid for unapproved uses, the company said on Tuesday.… Read More

Health Care Efforts Edge Toward Chaos As Senators ‘Don’t Even Know’ What The[y’re] Voting On

Kaiser Health News, July 24, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations "I don’t know whether we’re proceeding to the House bill, a new version of the Senate bill, the… Read More

Senate Parliamentarian Tosses Another Roadblock Onto Already Bumpy Path To Health Vote

Kaiser Health News, July 24, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough says Republicans would need 60 votes to maintain abortion-related… Read More

DEA solicited applications to grow marijuana for research. It hasn’t approved one

STAT, July 24, 2017
by Andrew Joseph

Almost a year after the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would consider granting additional licenses to cultivate cannabis for research purposes — and despite drawing… Read More

NHS set to ban homeopathy for patients because it is ‘not evidence based [...]’

Independent, July 21, 2017
by Katie Forster

Doctors should stop prescribing homeopathic medicine to NHS patients, the health service has said. The change has been proposed because "at best, homeopathy is a placebo and a misuse… Read More

A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

New York Times, July 21, 2017
by Jay Hancock, Elizabeth Lucas, and Sydney Lupkin

[...] This year, the company left the industry trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, after the group threatened to kick out companies that did not spend enough… Read More

Judge Offers Inmates Reduced Sentences in Exchange for Vasectomy

NBC News, July 21, 2017
by 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 set a precedent that could make Benningfield's… Read More

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,… Read More

Bid to ease Chile’s abortion ban hits roadblock

Reuters, July 20, 2017

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's Chamber of Deputies fell one vote short of passing the Senate version of a bill easing the country's strict abortion law, a surprise setback to President Michelle Bachelet… Read More

Administration Working On New Medicaid Plan To Win Support Of Senate Moderates

Kaiser Health News, July 20, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Officials are working up a plan that would offer states even more flexibility for running the program and as… Read More

Open Burns, Ill Winds

ProPublica, July 20, 2017
by Abraham Lustgarten

[...] More than three decades ago, Congress banned American industries and localities from disposing of hazardous waste in these sorts of “open burns,’’ concluding that such uncontrolled… Read More

Aids deaths halve as more get drugs

BBC News, July 20, 2017
by James Gallagher

Deaths linked to Aids have halved in a decade, official figures shows. The condition, which is caused by HIV, used to be one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. A report by the Joint United… Read More

Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Health Law, Policy and Ethics
University of Ottowa, Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics

Deadline: August 01, 2017

OVERVIEW Hosted at the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, the Chairholder will join a vibrant and growing community of scholars who are working on cutting-edge issues in health… Read More

Assistant or Associate Professor
Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Deadline: November 24, 2017

OVERVIEW The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the rank of assistant or associate professor. We… Read More

Staff Attorney
The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Deadline: Open until filled

Staff Attorney The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) is a 501(c)(3) organization that makes communities safer by translating research into policy. The Ed Fund achieves this by engaging in… Read More

Public Health Fellowship in Government
American Public Health Association

Deadline: August 14, 2017

The Fellowship in Government provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and enhances public health science and practical knowledge in… Read More

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… Read More

At a growing number of schools, sick kids can take a virtual trip to the doctor

STAT, July 19, 2017
by Leah Samuel

School nurses offer far more than just Band-Aids these days. As the prevalence of childhood conditions like asthma and diabetes have risen, nurses treat a wide range of problems. Still, only an estimated… Read More

Public Participation in Drafting of the 21st Century Cures Act

The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, July 14, 2017
by Thomas J. Hwang, Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Aaron S. Kesselheim

Abstract The 21st Century Cures Act is a major act of legislation that contains numerous changes to drug and device regulation. The House of Representatives passed the Act after considerable interest group… Read More

Voices in Bioethics Essay Contest
Voices in Bioethics: An Online Journal

Deadline: July 15, 2017

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS Cover page including your full name and .edu email (so we can contact you if you win); 1-inch margins, Times New Roman font, double spaced; Essays no longer… Read More

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

Times of Israel, July 6, 2017
by 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 sperm donations. At the same time, there are not… Read More

Journal of Medical Ethics

Deadline: October 31, 2017

The Institute of Medical Ethics and BMJ are looking for the next Editor-in-Chief who can continue to shape the Journal of Medical Ethics into a dynamic resource for a rapidly evolving field.… Read More

Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
The Greenwall Foundation

Deadline: November 01, 2017

The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research.  Each… Read More

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

STAT News, June 27, 2017
by 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. In a policy change,… Read More

Post-Doctoral Research Position
Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE)

Deadline: August 01, 2017

This position is available as part of the Stanford Training Program in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research and at the Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics (CIRGE).… Read More

Associate Director of Research
Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment, & the Life Sciences, University of Minnesota

Deadline: Open until filled

Opportunity The University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences ( is seeking a highly qualified individual to collaborate… Read More

The FDA May Move to Shorten That Grim List of Side Effects in Every Drug Ad

STAT News, June 28, 2017
by 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 drugs can harm us. But now, the Food… Read More

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

Buzzfeed, June 28, 2017
by 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… Read More

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

Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2017
by 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… Read More

Post-Baccalaureate Program in Biomedical Ethics Research
Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Program

Deadline: July 05, 2017

The Mayo Clinic Biomedical Ethics Program seeks applicants for a one-year post-baccalaureate research experience in empirical bioethics research, as part of the Mayo Clinic Graduate Research Employment… Read More

Panel: Weighing the Risks of Randomized Controlled Trials and Alternatives

The New York Academy of Sciences, June 21, 2017
by 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 conference… Read More

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

STAT News, June 20, 2017
by 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… Read More

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

Health Affairs Blog, June 20, 2017
by 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 (HELP) Committee held the first of three planned hearings… Read More

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

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, June 2017
by 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 a thoughtful, readable, and even humorous look at the rapidly evolving… Read More

Ideation Challenge: Good Questions Meet Big Data
Harvard Catalyst and the Crowd Innovation Laboratory, Harvard Business School

Deadline: July 13, 2017

Ideation Challenge: Good Questions Meet Big Data - Up to $10,000 in Prizes DEADLINE: 11:59pm on July 13, 2017 Challenge: Can you identify a human health problem that might be resolved with big data… Read More

Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor
Regulatory Science Program, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Deadline: Open until filled.

The University of Arizona seeks to hire an early-career scholar (post-doctoral) to support its innovative Regulatory Science Program, a collaboration between the James E. Rogers College of Law and… Read More

PFC Spotlight: Academic Fellow Alumnus Jeffrey Skopek

Petrie-Flom Center, June 15, 2017
by 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 privacy in articles that reveal its importance… Read More

Trying to Keep up with the Health Care Debate on the Hill? Follow These Folks on Twitter

STAT News, June 13, 2017
by Megha Satyanarayana, featuring Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is picking up steam again as the Senate works on its bill behind closed doors. How to keep track of it all? Here are a few folks to follow on… Read More

This Pharma Company Won’t Commit to Fairly Pricing a Zika Vaccine You Helped Pay For

The Huffington Post, June 9, 2017
by Alexander C. Kaufman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: “The incentives for any one company to raise its prices or engage in questionable conduct are quite high, while the incentives for the industry as a whole to corral and police its… Read More

ERISA: A Bipartisan Problem For The ACA And The AHCA

Health Affairs Blog, June 2, 2017
by 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… Read More

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

Saint Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 61, no. 411
by 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… Read More

Q&A with Faculty Scholar Rachel Sachs

Institute for Public Health at Washington University , May 23, 2017
by Interview featuring Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the interview: Rachel Sachs, associate professor, School of Law, is a scholar of innovation policy whose work explores the interaction of intellectual property law, food and drug regulation,… Read More

How a Supreme Court ruling on printer cartridges could have a big impact on drug prices

STAT News, May 30, 2017
by Meghana Keshavan, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: A Supreme Court ruling on international printer cartridge sales could have major implications for, of all things, drug pricing and global health. The case in question involves patents,… Read More

Legal Roundtable: Discussing abortion restrictions, health care, Supreme Court developments and more

St. Louis Public Radio, May 30, 2017
by Kelly Moffitt, featuring Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the radio episode: On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Legal Roundtable panel returned to discuss pressing issues of the law. They discussed a number of topics, starting with national issues… Read More

Postdoctoral Position in Biomedical Ethics Research
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Deadline: Open until filled.

Mayo Clinic is seeking candidates for a post-doctoral position in biomedical ethics. The specific job category (research fellow, senior research fellow, or research associate) will be determined based… Read More

Quality Improvement/Assurance Manager
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Deadline: Open until filled

General Description: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is recruiting to fill the position of Quality Improvement/Assurance Manager. The Office of Human Research Ethics (OHRE) is responsible… Read More

IRB Local Context Coordinator
The Emmes Corporation

Deadline: Open until filled.

The EMMES Corporation, organized in 1977, is a privately owned Contract Research Organization (CRO) located in Rockville, Maryland.  EMMES is dedicated to providing statistical and epidemiological… Read More

Clinical Trialist
Dartmouth-Hitchcock - Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth are seeking exceptional physician clinical investigators with research interests in early phase clinical research. The successful… Read More

Call for Papers: Data-driven Health Care Conference
Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law & Ethics, South Korea

Deadline: June 15, 2017

1.   Conference Description The Ewha Institute for Biomedical Law & Ethics (EIBLE) is seeking submissions for its annual conference to be held on September 23, 2017 in Seoul. This year’s… Read More

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… Read More

The Sean Pendergast Show with Dr. Glenn Cohen, Harvard Law Professor

The TJ Show, AMP Radio 103.3 FM, May 28, 2017
by Interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Harvard Law Professor [I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)] joins Sean to discuss a study he and a Harvard group did on player safety in the NFL, how the game can be made more safe, and the future of… Read More

Regulating Research with Biospecimens under the Revised Common Rule

The Hastings Center Report, May/June 2017
by 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… Read More

Call for Proposals
Harvard Divinity School

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Ways of Knowing 2017, the 6th annual graduate conference on religion at Harvard Divinity School, will be held October 26-28, 2017 in on the HDS campus in Cambridge, MA. The General Call for Papers… Read More

Reading the Fine Print in DNA Kits

NBC Boston, May 23, 2017
by Interview featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

DNA kits are very popular these days with people wanting to know what countries their ancestors came from. But before seeking out the secrets of your family tree, make sure you read the fine print. Watch… Read More

Roster exemptions for players with concussions could draw vote from NFL owners

USA Today, May 22, 2017
by Tom Pelissero, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the article: A short-term injured reserve for players diagnosed with a concussion was among 76 recommendations included in a Harvard Law School report — based on research funded by the NFL Players… Read More

Why Successful Post-Season Runs Make People Lose Their Minds About Concussions

Forbes, May 16, 2017
by Lee Igel, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the article: Were either or both Crosby and Harden suffering the effects of a head injury, yet seeing game action? Appearances can be deceiving. In addition to medical personnel assessing a player's… Read More

How does the NFL stack up with health care?

ESPN, May 22, 2017
by Michael McCann, citing Petrie-Flom's report

Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann joins OTL to discuss the NFL's health care for its players. Watch video here! Read More

FDA User Fee Reauthorization Clears Hurdle In Senate With Bipartisan Support

Health Affairs Blog, May 15, 2017
by 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… Read More

Angel investors are the first stop in a new era of drug development

Newsworks, May 11, 2017
by Elana Gordon, quoting Rachel Sachs

From the article: So is this really the best way to develop new healthcare technologies and therapies? "So there are pros and there are cons," said Rachel Sachs, a law professor at Washington University in… Read More

The Trump administration could bring down drug prices. But it would take guts

STAT News, May 15, 2017
by Ed Silverman, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: “If Price and [President] Trump are interested in lower-priced drugs, they have access to a tool that enables them to do that,” explained Rachel Sachs, an associate professor… Read More

The White House budget director dropped a hint about how Trump could bring drug prices down

Washington Post, May 12, 2017
by Carolyn Y. Johnson, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the artcile: Trump has repeatedly said that drug prices are too high but has often suggested that increased bidding would be the best way to bring down prices. It has been unclear how that… Read More

New FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb: Medication Reformer or Big Pharma Shill?

The Fix, May 18, 2017
by Paul Gaita, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Gottlieb's position has earned cautious approval from medical industry observers like Washington University associate professor Rachel Sachs, who wrote, "As someone who understands… Read More

New York state wants its prescription drug money back—or else

USA Today, May 18, 2017
by Julie Appleby, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: New York’s Medicaid program, for example, has seen its drug spending rise on average 8% each year over the past three years, after taking into account existing rebates. The… Read More

Faculty Books in Brief—Spring 2017

Harvard Law Bulletin, May 18, 2017
by Featuring book by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), & Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

From the article: Cohen, faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center; Lynch, the center’s executive director; and Robertson, a professor at University of Arizona’s College of Law, edit essays… Read More