Eager For A Victory, Trump Hypes Renewed GOP Health Plan; Lawmakers Remain Skeptical

Kaiser Health News, April 21, 2017

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Trump Extends Troubled VA Program That Pays Private Doctors

NPR, April 19, 2017
by Eric Whitney

It's a fix that hasn't fixed much, but the troubled Veterans Choice program has been extende...

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FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

NPR, April 19, 2017
by Michelle Andrews

With the approval this month of two drugs to treat hepatitis C in children, these often overlooked v...

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Death By 1,000 Cuts: How Republicans Can Still Alter Your Coverage

Kaiser Health News, April 10, 2017
by Jay Hancock, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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“It’s the single-biggest problem facing the exchanges,” said Ra...

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Congress and FDA nominee heap love on ‘adaptive trials’

Science, April 7, 2017
by Kelly Servick, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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“‘Adaptive clinical trials’ is one of those buzzwords that get...

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Scott Gottlieb: Conflicts surround Trump’s FDA pick

CNN, April 4, 2017
by Sandee LaMotte, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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Even some industry watchdogs are cautiously optimistic. In a New England Jo...

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ICER Weekly View 03-31-17

ICER, March 31, 2017
by Mitchell Stein, featuring blog post and NEJM article co-authored by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the review

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Charlie Gard case: Doctors can withdraw baby’s life support

BBC News, April 11, 2017

Doctors can withdraw life support from a sick baby with a rare genetic condition against his parents...

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Scott Gottlieb’s FDA Commissioner Confirmation Hearing: Remarkably Unremarkable

Health Affairs Blog, April 7, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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On Wednesday morning, the United States Senate Committee on Health, Energy, Labor, a...

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White House Floats Plan With Waivers For Pre-Existing Condition Rules To Woo Freedom Caucus

Kaiser Health News, April 4, 2017

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Iowa’s Wellmark Announces Departure From Health Law Marketplaces In 2018

Kaiser Health News, April 4, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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Trump’s Effort To Lure Consumers To Exchanges Could Bring Skimpier Plans

Kaiser Health News, April 4, 2017
by Michelle Andrews

Will opening the door to cheaper, skimpier marketplace plans with higher deductibles and copays attr...

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With Obamacare Here to Stay, Some States Revive Medicaid Expansion

NPR, April 2, 2017
by Alison Kodjak

[...] In all, 31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid after the Affordable Car...

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Also Made in Mexico

New York Times, March 31, 2017
by Sarah Varney

TIJUANA, Mexico — The North American Free Trade Agreement has transformed this sprawling borde...

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Health Subsidies for Low Earners Will Continue Through 2017, G.O.P. Says

New York Times, March 30, 2017
by Robert Pear and Reed Abelson

WASHINGTON — Senior House Republicans said Thursday that they expected the federal government...

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Failing To Whip Up Support, House Leaders Pull Replacement Bill From Floor

Kaiser Health News, March 24, 2017

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Hospital Stocks Soar As Trumpcare Bill Dies

Forbes, March 24, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

The failure of the Republican-led Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is a huge v...

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Health Care Bill Debate Centered On Essential Health Benefits

NPR, March 24, 2017
by Audie Cornish, interviewing Noam Levey

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Noam Levey, who covers national health care policy for The L...

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Survey: Three Out Of Four Americans Want Planned Parenthood Funded

Forbes, March 24, 2017
by Janet Burns

[...] The poll also found that three-quarters of Americans support continuing current federal M...

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Many Insurance Companies Stay Quiet On Health Care Debate

NPR, March 24, 2017
by Kelly McEvers, interviewing Sabrina Corlette

With AHCA coming to the house floor for a highly anticipated vote, some of the biggest stake holders...

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As Rivals Stand Silent, One Health Insurer Protests G.O.P. Plan

New York Times, March 22, 2017
by Reed Abelson

[...] Insisting that he is not bluffing, Dr. Molina said that his company might also have to abandon...

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GOP Bill’s Unheralded Changes In Rules Could Undermine Health Of Neediest

Kaiser Health News, March 20, 2017
by Emily Bazar

An under-the-radar provision in the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would req...

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Adding Work Requirements For Medicaid Helps Sway Some Reluctant Republicans

Kaiser Health News, March 20, 2017

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Governors: GOP Medicaid Plan Shifts Significant Cost To States, Provides Almost No New Flexibility

Kaiser Health News, March 20, 2017

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State AGs Probe Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts To Recover Medicare Payments

Forbes, March 20, 2017
by Daniel Fisher

The Attorney General of Utah has sued four of the largest asbestos bankruptcy trusts to try and forc...

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After Bringing Cholera to Haiti, U.N. Can’t Raise Money to Fight It

New York Times, March 19, 2017
by Rick Gladstone

When the leader of the United Nations apologized to Haitians for the cholera epi...

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GOP Health Plan Will Undergo ‘Necessary Improvements,’ Ryan Promises Wary Lawmakers

Kaiser Health News, March 16, 2017

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Trump Slashes Health Spending In Federal Budget Plan

Kaiser Health News, March 16, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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Time is Money: An Empirical Assessment of Non-Economic Damages Arguments

Washington University Law Review, Forthcoming; U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-21; Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 16-12, March 2, 2017
by John E. Campbell, Bernard Chao, and Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

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Non-economic damages (pain and suffering) are the most significant and variable...

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Texas Lawmaker Proposes Crowdfunding to Tackle Backlog of Rape Kits

New York Times, March 15, 2017
by Christine Hauser

Thousands of rape investigations are bogged down in Texas because of untested evidence, bu...

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People With HIV Are Panicking Due To Tanzania’s Crackdown On Gays

NPR, March 15, 2017
by Amy Fallon

[...] Last August, the justice minister suspended HIV prevention programs, funded by the U.S.,...

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Cutting Planned Parenthood Would Increase Medicaid Births, C.B.O. Says

New York Times, March 14, 2017
by Kate Zernike

Cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood — a longstanding conservative goa...

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Key In GOP Health Care Overhaul

NPR, March 14, 2017
by Brian Naylor

[...] Under the Affordable Care Act, 31 states and the District of Columbia chose to accept expanded...

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American Health Care Act

Congressional Budget Office (CBO), March 13, 2017

CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the American Health Care Act would reduce federal deficits by $33...

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In Marathon Sessions, GOP Health Plan Gets The Nod Of Two House Committees

Kaiser Health News, March 10, 2017

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Trump Employs ‘Salesman Tactics’ To Line Up Hill Support For Health Law Replacement

Kaiser Health News, March 10, 2017

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Trump, Dems Look For Common Ground On Drug Prices

Kaiser Health News, March 9, 2017
by Sarah Jane Tribble

For years, congressional Democrats have tried to pass legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate pre...

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GOP health-care bill would drop addiction treatment mandate covering 1.3 million Americans

Washington Post, March 9, 2017
by Katie Zezima and Christopher Ingraham

The Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would strip away what advocates say...

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Health Groups Denounce G.O.P. Bill as Its Backers Scramble

New York Times, March 8, 2017
by Abby Goodnough, Robert Pear, and Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — Influential groups representing hospitals and nurses came out on Wednesday agains...

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House Republicans Unveil Plan to Replace Health Law

New York Times, March 6, 2017
by Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — House Republicans unveiled on Monday their long-awaited plan to repeal and replac...

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As Congress Wrestles With Medicaid’s Future, Advocates In States Rally To Preserve Expansion

Kaiser Health News, March 6, 2017

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‘Right-To-Try’ Laws Expose Dying Patients To Exploitation, Ethicists Warn

Kaiser Health News, March 6, 2017
by Carrie Feibel, KQED

[...] “We know some people try to take advantage of our desperation when we’re ill,&rdqu...

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Patience Gone, Koch-Backed Groups Will Pressure G.O.P. on Health Repeal

New York Times, March 5, 2017
by Jeremy W. Peters

[...] “We’ve been patient this year, but it is past time to act and to act decisive...

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$190 Million Raised To Fill Aid Gap Left By Trump’s Abortion Rule

NPR, March 2, 2017
by Nurith Aizenman

At a conference in Brussels on Thursday, more than a dozen nations and private funders pledged a com...

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Trump’s Nod Toward Tax Credits Does Little To Ease Intra-Party Tensions Over Repeal

Kaiser Health News, March 2, 2017

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Kentucky A Messaging Battleground In War Over Health Care

Kaiser Health News, March 2, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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Spike In Syphilis Among Newborns Driven By Broader Epidemic

Kaiser Health News, March 2, 2017
by Anna Gorman

[...] State and local health officials and medical providers around the U.S. are uncertain of the pr...

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Michigan Ends Water Subsidies To Flint Despite Mayor’s Opposition

NPR, March 1, 2017
by Merrit Kennedy

Starting today, the people of Flint, Mich., will have to bear the full cost of the water flowing thr...

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More Than 80 Percent of Patient Groups Accept Drug Industry Funds, Study Shows

New York Times, March 1, 2017
by Katie Thomas

The nation’s largest patient advocacy groups are on the front lines of some of the biggest hea...

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‘Nobody Knew That Health Care Could Be So Complicated,’ Trump Tells Governors

Kaiser Health News, February 28, 2017

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Maryland Goes a Step Further to Rein in Drug Price Spikes

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), February 27, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, citing Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] The bill has drawn criticism from industry groups and others who say such independent aud...

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​GOP Draft Repeal Plan Scraps Subsidies And Individual Mandate, Rolls Back Medicaid

Kaiser Health News, February 27, 2017

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If Obamacare Exits, Some May Need to Rethink Early Retirement

New York Times, February 27, 2017
by Austin Frakt

Here’s another possible consequence of repealing the Affordable Care Act: It would be harder f...

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Express Scripts CEO addresses drug pricing ‘misinformation’

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 17, 2017
by Samantha Liss, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Typically, after dispensing drugs to patients, a drug manufacturer will write Express Scripts...

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Why Did That Drug Price Increase 6,000%? It’s The Law

Forbes, February 10, 2017
by Matthew Herper, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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Marathon is a member of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America...

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Trump’s ‘Two Out, One In’ Regulatory Policy May Apply to Some FDA Guidance

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), February 6, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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As far as what existing regulations if repealed would be considered par...

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E&C delays vote on drug pricing bill

Politico, February 6, 2017
by Sarah Karlin-Smith, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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On cost: studies have found that it usually takes a handful of generic drugscompe...

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Health Law Workshop: Brendan Maher

Monday, February 13, 2017 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2016-2017
Hauser Hall, Room 104
Harvard Law School, 1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

>Brendan S. Maher is a Professor of Law and the Director of the independently endowed Insurance Law C... Read More

Fifth Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Monday, January 23, 2017 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2016-2017
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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Behavioral science suggests that Obamacare may not change as much as Republicans claim

STAT, January 3, 2017
by Christopher R. Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), & Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

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In the waning days of his administration, President Obama encouraged Americans to...

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How Donald Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Endangers Women

New York Times, December 28, 2016
by Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna) and Jill R. Horwitz

LOS ANGELES — With the selection of Representative Tom Price as secretary of health and human...

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Harnessing the U.S. Taxpayer to Fight Cancer and Make Profits

New York Times, December 19, 2016
by Matt Richtel and Andrew Pollack, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow alumna)

From the article

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Rachel Sachs, an associate law professor at Washington University in St. Louis an...

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Travel Abroad for Low-Cost Care

Kiplinger's Personal Finance, December 6, 2016
by Miriam Cross, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

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Why the extra effort to court foreign patients? A couple of reasons, according to...

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Senate committee calls for ban on surgeons conducting simultaneous operations

Boston Globe, December 6, 2016
by Jonathan Salzman and Jenn Abelson

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A powerful Senate committee wants all hospitals to explicitly ban surgeons from o...

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Lame duck Congress looks for swift approval of massive medical innovation bill

AJC.com (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), November 27, 2016
by Jamie Dupree, citing Tweet & Bill of Health post by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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(Tweet by Rachel E. Sachs) My 1st thoughts on today's draft of 21st Cent...

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Regulating Off-Label Promotion — A Critical Test

NEJM, November 2, 2016
by Christopher Robertson, JD, PhD (Academic Fellow Alumnus) and Aaron S. Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH (Faculty Affiliate)

Petrie-Flom Academic Alumnus ;Christopher T. Robertso;and Faculty Affiliate ;Aaron S....

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ORDER NOW & RECEIVE 30% OFF: Nudging Health

Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), and Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus), eds.

Abstract of the Introduction: 

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This introductory chapter to the edited volume Nudging Health:...

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Drug prices: Where do we go after the Election?

The Conversation US, October 30, 2016
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

Martin Shkreli. Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Mylan. These names have become big news, but just a year ag...

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PFC Spotlight: Academic Fellow Alumnus Michael Frakes

Petrie-Flom Center, October 21, 2016

>Michael Frakes was an Academic Fellow from 2009-2011, during which time he researched dete... Read More

Is Medical Tourism Ethical?

The Greenwall Foundation, September 2016

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director ;I. Glenn Cohe;served as a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Schol...

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EpiPen Maker Quietly Steers Effort That Could Protect Its Price

New York Times, September 16, 2016
by Eric Lipton and Rachel Abrams, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

[...] The idea being advanced is simple: If the EpiPen makes the federal preventive l...

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5 reasons why no one has built a better EpiPen

STAT, September 9, 2016
by Meghana Keshavan, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

[...] But critics say Mylan has little incentive to improve EpiPens: “If you’re the...

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How Mylan cornered the consumer epinephrine market

MedCityNews, September 8, 2016
by Pauline Bartolone, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

[...] The New York state attorney general’s office announced Tuesday it will investigate...

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Euro Drug Pricing’s Tradeoffs May Limit Appeal In US

Law360, September 8, 2016
by Dani Kass, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

[...] Going forward, an influx of bills targeting drug prices could be introduced, but few are...

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EpiPen’s Dominance Driven By Competitors’ Stumbles And Tragic Deaths

NPR, September 7, 2016
by Pauline Bartolone, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow alumnus)

NPR recently called on Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow alumnus Nicholson Price to help explain how...

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Missouri law professor: Consider price controls after Epipen controversy

Missourinet, September 5, 2016
by Jason Taylor, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

A Missouri law professor thinks Congress should consider imposing price controls on certain drugs af...

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Mylan’s sudden plans for a generic EpiPen

Modern Healthcare, Vital Signs Blog, August 31, 2016
by Adam Rubenfire, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow alumna)

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Obviously Mylan didn't want to underprice its own branded drug, but it's pos...

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Opinion: Please, Boston Nonprofit Hospitals, Can’t You Join Forces Instead Of Competing?

WBUR, August 11, 2016
by Michael Anne Kyle and Lauren Taylor (Student Fellow alumni)

Here in Boston, cooperation between health care providers is a fraught issue

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Competition is fierce...

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The FDA is prohibited from going germline

Science, August 5, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Eli Y. Adashi

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new article in Science magazine&n...

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Bosses in the Bedroom

In Law, Religion, and Health in the United States (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Elizabeth Sepper, eds.), forthcoming 2017, Cambridge University Press, Published online July 5, 2016
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Gregory Curfman

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This chapter uses the controversy over mandated contraceptive coverage in employer health...

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Evaluating Offers of Payment to Research Participants

Dana Farber Cancer Institute Ethics Grand Rounds, June 15, 2016
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) & Emily Largent (Student Fellow alumna)

DFCI Ethics Grand Round

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Holly Fernandez Lyn...

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Skeptical Worries for ICU Rationing

American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine, Spring 2016, Vol. 15, No. 2
by Luke Gelinas (Clinical Research Ethics Fellow)

From the article

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1. COMPARATIVE BENEFIT/HARM PRINCIPLES IN ICU RATIONING 

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In what follows I...

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