Are You And Your Primary Care Doc Ready To Talk About Your DNA?

Kaiser Health News, May 22, 2018
by Michelle Andrews

If you have a genetic mutation that increases your risk for a treatable medical condition, would you want to know? For many people the answer is yes. But such information is not commonly part of routine… Read More

Uninsured Rate Remains Basically Flat Despite Republicans’ Attempts To Chip Away At Health Law

Kaiser Health News, May 22, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The numbers from the government survey suggest a surprising resilience of the health law and its expansion of… Read More

Health System Invests $200M In Programs To Reduce Homelessness

Forbes, May 18, 2018
by Ellie Kincaid

[...] The $200 million investment is part of Kaiser Permanente’s new Thriving Communities Fund and continues the health system’s previous work with community-based organizations addressing… Read More

Trump Administration Imposes New Abortion Restrictions On Federally Funded Family Planning Clinics

Kaiser Health News, May 18, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The policy would mirror similar restrictions in place during the Reagan administration. The policy has been… Read More

$10B Deal To Overhaul VA’s Digital Health Records Signed Despite Warnings It Could Prove To Be Boond

Kaiser Health News, May 18, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement that the 10-year deal would make much-needed improvements… Read More

After controversy over industry funding, NIH halts enrollment in moderate drinking study

STAT, May 17, 2018
by Andrew Joseph

The National Institutes of Health has suspended enrollment in a studyaimed at investigating whether moderate alcohol consumption helps cardiovascular health following concerns over the alcoholic beverage… Read More

HHS Secretary Clarifies Trump Administration’s Plan To Reduce Prescription Drug Prices

NPR, May 17, 2018
by Alison Kodjak

[...] KELLY: First start just by reminding us what this proposal is. The president came out and made an announcement about drug prices last Friday in the Rose Garden. What exactly did he say? KODJAK:… Read More

The Ethics of Medicaid’s Work Requirements and Other Personal Responsibility Policies

JAMA, May 7, 2018
by Harald Schmidt and Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the paper:  Breaking controversial new ground, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently invited states to consider establishing work requirements as a condition of receiving… Read More

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

Ars Technica, May 4, 2018
by 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… Read More

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

Washington Post, May 4, 2018
by 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… Read More

Work Requirements Give Republicans Cover to Expand Medicaid

U.S. News, April 23, 2018
by 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… Read More

4 Takeaways From Trump’s Plan To Rescind CHIP Funding

Kaiser Health News, May 8, 2018
by Phil Galewitz

President Donald Trump wants to employ a rarely used budget maneuver called “rescission” to eliminate $15 billion in federal spending, including $7 billion from the popular Children’s… Read More

What your government can’t tell you about drug prices

CBC News, May 3, 2018
by Kelly Crowe, Suit brought by Jean-Christophe Belisle Pipon (Visiting Researcher)

From the article: It took three years of fighting for access to confidential drug information, but a Quebec bioethicist has punched a tiny hole in the iron wall of secrecy surrounding patented drug prices.… Read More

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

New York Times, April 30, 2018
by Abby Goodnough

[...] With meth resurgent and the opioid crisis showing no sign of abating, a growing number of people are getting endocarditis from injecting the drugs — sometimes repeatedly if they… Read More

How A Drug Company Under Pressure For High Prices Ratchets Up Political Activity

Kaiser Health News, April 30, 2018
by Jay Hancock and Elizabeth Lucas

Business looked challenging for Novo Nordisk at the end of 2016. As pressure mounted over the pharma giant’s soaring insulin prices, investors drove its stock down by a third on fears that policymakers… Read More

Vaccine against Meningitis

La Presse, April 25, 2018
by Marie-Claude Malboeuf, Suit brought by Jean-Christophe Belisle Pipon (Visiting Researcher)

From the article: Quebec has agreed to pay twice as much as the United Kingdom for a new vaccine against meningitis, the effectiveness of which seemed uncertain. The disclosure of the price paid by Quebec… Read More

Supreme Court rules that patent reviews detested by pharma are constitutional

STAT, April 24, 2018
by Ed Silverman, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: In a blow to the pharmaceutical industry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a controversial procedure for reviewing patent disputes does not violate the constitutional rights of patent… Read More

Federal Appeals Court Finds State’s Drug Price-Gouging Law Unconstitutional

Shots: Health News From NPR, April 17, 2018
by Shefali Luthra, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: States are continuing to do battle with budget-busting prices of prescription drugs. But a recent federal court decision could limit the tools available to them — underscoring the… Read More

Administration’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding Rules Favor Abstinence-Focused Programs

Kaiser Health News, April 24, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The new rules for the funding do not exclude programs that provide information about contraception and protected… Read More

Redesigning Provider Payments to Reduce Long-Term Costs by Promoting Healthy Development

National Academy of Medicine, April 20, 2018
by Nathaniel Z. Counts (Student Fellow alumnus), Neal Halfon, Kelly J. Kelleher, J. David Hawkins, Laurel K. Leslie, Thomas F. Boat, Mary Ann McCabe

From the article: Cognitive, aff ective, and behavioral health (CAB) conditions are among the costliest and fastest growing in the United States. An array of interventions is demonstrated to be eff ective… Read More

Anguished Families Shoulder The Biggest Burdens Of Opioid Addiction

NPR, April 18, 2018
by Yuki Noguchi

[...] Johnson, 27, lay in a coma, silent except for the beeping of machines. She looked small and pale, buried in a tangle of hospital bedsheets and tubes, after suffering a dozen or so strokes as a result… Read More

Federal Appeals Court Puts Chill On Maryland Law To Fight Drug Price-Gouging

Kaiser Health News, April 17, 2018
by Shefali Luthra

States continue to battle budget-busting prices of prescription drugs. But a federal court decision could limit the weapons available to them — underscoring the challenge states face as they, in… Read More

News That Amazon Is Shelving Plans To Sell Drugs To Hospitals Sends Distributors’ Stock Soaring

Kaiser Health News, April 17, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations “This is not necessarily an all-clear event for the supply chain,” said Eric Coldwell, an analyst… Read More

Nursing homes routinely refuse people on addiction treatment — which some experts say is illegal

STAT, April 17, 2018
by Allison Bond

Nursing facilities routinely turn away patients seeking post-hospital care if they are taking medicine to treat opioid addiction, a practice that legal experts say violates the Americans with Disabilities… Read More

How Profiteers Lure Women Into Often-Unneeded Surgery

New York Times, April 14, 2018
by Matthew Goldstein and Jessica Silver-Greenberg

[...] Just like that, she had stumbled into a growing industry that makes money by coaxing women into having surgery — sometimes unnecessarily — so that they are more lucrative plaintiffs in… Read More

Objective Intent: SSRN Reading List February and March

Objective Intent, April 13, 2018
by Erika Lietzan, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: In this careful and thorough article forthcoming in the Minnesota Law Review, Professor Sachs argues that drug pricing concerns could be addressed in part if insurers were not required… Read More

Why Scott Gottlieb is the one Trump official everybody seems to like

Vox, April 11, 2018
by Julia Belluz, German Lopez, and Dylan Scott , quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: When Scott Gottlieb was appointed commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration last May, some were concerned he’d be a shill for the pharmaceutical industry.… Read More

House Democrat wants to know why a pharma insider is overseeing Trump’s drug pricing reform

Vox, April 9, 2018
by Dylan Scott, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: House Democrats want to know why the Trump administration is letting a former pharmaceutical industry insider oversee its plans to fulfill President Donald Trump’s promises to bring… Read More

Politico Pulse April 6, 2018

Politico, April 6, 2018
by Dan Diamond, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: In Health Affairs, Nick Bagley and Rachel Sachs ask why Massachusetts' proposal to ostensibly lower drug prices is getting a cold shoulder from the Trump administration. Read the… Read More

ICER Weekly View April 6, 2018

Institute For Clinical And Economic Review, April 6, 2018
by Mitchell Stein, quoting Rachel Sachs(Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: To the shock of patient advocates, MA wanted to institute a drug formulary for Medicaid. Reports this week indicate that CMS is poised to deny the waiver request. Law Professors Nicholas… Read More

Massachusetts Wants To Drive Down Medicaid Drug Costs: Why Is The Administration So Nervous?

Health Affairs, April 5, 2018
by Nicholas Bagley, and Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Although drug formularies are ubiquitous in Medicare and the private insurance market, they’re absent in Medicaid. By law, state Medicaid programs that offer prescription drug… Read More

Administration Relaxes Essential Benefits Regulations, Creates New Mandate Exemptions

Kaiser Health News, April 10, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Overall, the Trump administration's rules addressing the standards for insurers planning to participate… Read More

Mutual Obligations in Research and Withholding Payment From Deceptive Participants

The American Journal of Bioethics, 2018, Issue 4, Volume 18
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director), Luke Gelinas (Senior Researcher), & Emily A. Largent

From the article: Paying research participants can be ethically charged, both when payment is offered and—as demonstrated in this case—when it is withheld. When individuals undergoing screening… Read More

The Disappearing Doctor

New York Times, April 7, 2018
by Reed Abelson and Julie Creswell

[...] The new deals involving major corporations loom over doctors’ livelihoods, intensifying pressure on small practices and pushing them closer to extinction. The latest involves Walmart and… Read More

Patient Advocacy Groups Take In Millions From Drugmakers. Is There A Payback?

Kaiser Health News, April 6, 2018
by Emily Kopp, Sydney Lupkin, and Elizabeth Lucas

​Pharmaceutical companies gave at least $116 million to patient advocacy groups in a single year, reveals a new database logging 12,000 donations from large publicly traded drugmakers to… Read More

Time’s Running Out For Many Frail, Older People In Puerto Rico

NPR, March 30, 2018
by Sarah Varney

[...] Six months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and its economy, the daily indignities are piling up, especially for people who are frail or elderly. Many are finding their current economic… Read More

Between the lines on insurers and drug rebates

Axios Vitals, March 28, 2018
by Sam Baker, citing Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: UnitedHealthcare and Aetna have committed to lowering some consumers' out-of-pocket drug costs by sharing the rebates that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) negotiate with… Read More

Price Insensitivity. Guest, Rachel Sachs

The Week in Health Law, Episode 132, March 22, 2018
by Nicolas Terry and Frank Pasquale, interviewing Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the podcast: This week’s episode features a welcome return from Rachel Sachs, Associate Professor of Law at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. Rachel’s primary… Read More

Can Rationing through Inconvenience Be Ethical?

Hasting Center Report, Volume 48, Issue 1
by Nir Eyal, Paul L. Romain, and Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus)

From the Article: In this article, we provide a comprehensive analysis and a normative assessment of rationing through inconvenience as a form of rationing. By “rationing through inconvenience”… Read More

It’s hard to be economically rational when you’re sick

The Hill, March 21, 2018
by Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus) and Victor Laurion

From the article: We may be in the early days of a changing political ideology. For decades, politicians on both sides have espoused the belief that copayments and other out-of-pocket charges are necessary… Read More

With Premiums Likely To Spike Just Before Midterms, Lawmakers Are Bracing For Blame Game Battle

Kaiser Health News, March 26, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Language on abortion threw a wrench in both sides' plans to add money to stabilize the marketplace into… Read More

Spending Bill Lets CDC Study Gun Violence; But Researchers Are Skeptical It Will Help

NPR, March 23, 2018
by Nell Greenfieldboyce

Government health agencies have spent more than two decades shying away from gun violence research, but some say the new spending bill, signed by President Trump on Friday, will change that. That is because,… Read More

Medical Research, Drug Treatment And Mental Health Are Winners In New Budget Bill

NPR, March 22, 2018
by Alison Kodjak

The big budget deal reached this week in the House doesn't include a long-sought-after provision to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. But the $1.3 billion plan, set to fund the government… Read More

The Struggle to Build a Massive ‘Biobank’ of Patient Data

New York Times, March 19, 2018
by Gina Kolata

[...] If all goes well, experts say, the result will be a trove of health information like nothing the world has seen. The project, called the All of Us Research Program, should provide new insights… Read More

General Attorney, Executive Office of the President
Office of Management and Budget, Washington DC

Deadline: March 23, 2018

General Description The general counsel's office is small, consisting of approximately 15 attorneys, who regularly meet with and advise policy officials in the White House, OMB itself, and other… Read More

Billions of Dollars on the Line as Insurers Await Obamacare Ruling

Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2018
by Stephanie Armour

This article is behind a paywall. Harvard affiliates can access the full text via Hollis +. Health insurers and the Trump administration face a court decision shortly that will determine whether the government… Read More

Why Are U.S. Health Costs The World’s Highest?

WBUR (NPR Boston), March 13, 2018
by Richard Knox

Why is U.S. health care by far the most expensive on the planet? At more than $10,000 a year per person, and nearly 18 percent of all goods and services, health care in America consumes roughly… Read More

Congress Races The Clock In Quest To Bring Stability To Individual Insurance Market

Kaiser Health News, March 2, 2018
by Julie Rovner

[...] The lawmakers are up against not just the legislative clock, but also the insurance companies’ timeline. Insurers have until summer to decide if they want to continue to sell policies… Read More

U.S. Seeks Time to Consider Joining Opioid Litigation

New York Times, March 2, 2018
by Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors to give it 30 days to decide whether to participate in the… Read More

Blue Cross Insurer May Reduce Obamacare Rates In Five States

Forbes, March 2, 2018
by Bruce Japsen

One of the nation’s largest operators of Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance plans said it made more than $1 billion last year, which bodes well for purchasers of its individual coverage… Read More

States Seek More Federal Funding For Opioid Treatment, Not More Promises

NPR, March 1, 2018
by John Daley, CPR News and Jackie Fortier, StateImpact Oklahoma

[...] "Very thinly financed, small rural providers are probably at risk of going out of business entirely — up to and including rural hospitals," he says. Getting treatment providers to open… Read More

The Trump administration just made another big move to reshape the healthcare system

Business Insider, February 20, 2018
by Bob Bryan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: "Short-term insurance plans will cherry pick healthy people, leaving ACA-compliant plans to cover a sicker pool with higher premiums," Levitt tweeted. "With the expansion in short-term… Read More

A Framework for Ethical Payment to Research Participants

NEJM, February 22, 2018
by Luke Gelinas (Clinical Research Ethics Fellow), Emily A. Largent (Student Fellow Alumna), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Susan Kornetsky, Barbara

Members of the Petrie-Flom Center's collaboration with the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center at… Read More

Evaluations Of Medicaid Experiments By States, CMS Are Weak, GAO Says

Kaiser Health News, February 23, 2018
by Phil Galewitz

With federal spending on Medicaid experiments soaring in recent years, a congressional watchdog said state and federal governments fail to adequately evaluate if the efforts improve care and save money.… Read More

Urgent Care Industry Hits $18 Billion As Big Players Drive Growth

Forbes, February 23, 2018
by Bruce Japsen

[...] By any measure, urgent care is becoming an increasingly popular form of healthcare delivery with even more players expected to enter the business. Urgent care is similar to retail health clinics… Read More

Trump Promises To Tackle ‘Difficult Issue Of Mental Health’ Following Shooting

Kaiser Health News, February 16, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations As national focus turns to mental health after the mass shooting in Florida, advocates warn against making assumptions… Read More

Delinking Reimbursement

Minnesota Law Review, Forthcoming, February 14, 2018
by Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Over the past few years, calls for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve pharmaceuticals more speedily have grown louder. At the same time, many have argued that America’s… Read More

Trump Administration Sued Over Ending Funding Of Teen Pregnancy Programs

NPR, February 15, 2018
by Alison Kodjak

[...] come July, LiFT will be gone. The Trump administration cut off the grant funding for it when the Department of Health and Human Services eliminated the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. LiFT is… Read More

Trump fires first salvo on drug prices

The Hill, February 12, 2018
by Peter Sullivan, referencing Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: President Trump is beginning to move on high drug prices, unveiling a series of modest proposals in his budget request released Monday. It’s the first time Trump has issued major… Read More

Trump teams rolls out new drug pricing ideas

Politico, February 12, 2018
by Sarah Karlin-Smith, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: TRUMP TEAM TAKES ANOTHER STAB AT DRUG PRICES: ARE THEY SERIOUS THIS TIME? — Late last week came two new signs the White House may finally be ready to move beyond rhetoric on… Read More

Budget, White Paper Provide Insight Into Trump Administration’s Strategy On Drug Pricing

Health Affairs, February 12, 2018
by Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: During his first year in office, President Donald Trump spoke often about the problem of high drug prices but took no action on the subject. President Trump’s new budget proposal and… Read More

Physicians, ethicists urge Congress not to pass ‘right-to-try’ legislation

Stat, February 1, 2018
by Ike Swetlitz, reporting on Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director and Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Dozens of doctors, medical ethicists, and lawyers are warning Congress that legislation to allow Americans with life-threatening conditions access to unapproved, experimental drugs risks… Read More

Budget Deal Stuffed Full Of Health Provisions

Kaiser Health News, February 9, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations In the early hours of Friday morning the House passed a spending deal to very quickly reverse a government shutdown… Read More

ObamaCare enrollment tells tale of two systems

The Hill, February 8, 2018
by Jessie Hellman

Most states that operate their own ObamaCare exchanges saw more people sign up in 2018 than last year, while 29 of the 34 states that rely on the federal government to promote enrollment saw their sign-ups… Read More

Stalled Health Programs Await A Green Light On The Hill

Kaiser Health News, February 2, 2018
by Shefali Luthra

With the clock ticking on the current stop-gap bill that funds the federal government through Feb. 8, Congress is steeling itself to consider another must-pass budget bill. And, once again, health care… Read More

Trump’s abandoned promise to bring down drug prices, explained

Vox, February 2, 2018
by Dylan Scott, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: One year into Donald Trump’s presidency, as he delivered his first State of the Union address, he has more or less abandoned his outspoken pledges to bring down the cost of America’s… Read More

Trump Pledges To Lower Drug Costs — Can We Do It?

NPR, January 31, 2018
by Anthony Brooks, interviewing Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the podcast: President Trump says in his State of the Union that going after the high cost of prescription drugs is a top priority. Politicians have promised for years to bring them down. We’ll… Read More

It’s time to levy penalties for failing to report clinical trial results

STAT, January 17, 2018
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Academic Fellow Alumna and former Executive Director)

From the article: I started my first job as an attorney in the fall of 2007, days after President George W. Bush signed the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act (FDAAA) into law. As part… Read More

This old drug was free. Now it’s $109,500 a year.

The Washington Post, December 18, 2017
by Carolyn Y. Johnson, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: But the price has been on a roller coaster in recent years — zooming from a list price of $50 for a bottle of 100 pills in the early 2000s up to $13,650 in 2015, then plummeting… Read More

Speed, Safety, and Industry Funding — From PDUFA I to PDUFA VI

The New England Journal of Medicine, December 7, 2017
by Jonathan J. Darrow (Student Fellow Alumnus), Jerry Avorn, and Aaron S. Kesselheim

From the paper: In August, President Donald Trump signed into law the sixth version of key legislation for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), known as the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA VI).… Read More

The Health 202

The Washington Post, November 30, 2017
by Paige Winfield Cunninghamm, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: If the opioid epidemic was simply a problem of supply – people being able to access drugs too easily – than a targeted new effort in Appalachia announced… Read More

Medicaid’s Best-Price Rule May Not Be Such a Big Problem

Physician's Weekly, October 23, 2017
by Physician's Weekly, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Rachel Sachs, J.D., M.P.H., from Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues discussed Medicaid’s “best-price rule” and the extent to which it might frustrate… Read More

Allergan ruling casts doubt on tribal patent strategy

Reuters, October 17, 2017
by Jan Wolfe, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The company said the PTAB proceeding should be terminated because the tribunal did not have jurisdiction over the tribe. Allergan said it wanted to avoid defending the patent in both… Read More

Judge invalidates Allergan patents and criticizes deal with the Mohawks

STAT, October 16, 2017
by Ed Silverman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs

From the article: In a blow to Allergan (AGN), a federal judge invalidated the patents on its Restasis eye treatment, the latest twist in a captivating controversy over the fate of the best-selling medicine.… Read More

Court Finds Restasis Patents Invalid, Raises Concerns About Allergan, Mohawk Tribe Agreement

RAPS, October 16, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: In an 11-page order separate from the one invalidating the Restasis patents for obviousness, US Circuit Judge William Bryson wrote that the court "has serious concerns about the legitimacy… Read More

Ohio Issue 2 ballot initiative proponents overstate impact on EpiPen prices

Politifact, October 13, 2017
by Manuela Tobias, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: In addition to the Medicaid program, the state purchases drugs for state employees, prisons, and other state-run programs, but the campaign was unable to pin down the effect of the initiative… Read More

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

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, September 28, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius N. Lakdawalla

From the paper: 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,… Read More

Battle over drug prices shifts back to the states

The Hill, October 11, 2017
by By Rachel Roubein, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: President Trump has derided pharmaceutical companies as “getting away with murder,” but there’s been little action in Washington to rein in the costs of prescription… Read More

Congress keeps the heat on 340B

Politico, October 10, 2017
by By Sarah Karlin-Smith, citing work by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The House Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee will probe Wednesday into how hospitals and health clinics participating in the 340B discount drug program are using the… Read More

‘That should be illegal’

Business Insider, October 10, 2017
by By Lydia Ramsey, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Allergan, the drugmaker behind Botox, is using a tricky workaround to protect patents on one of its drugs — and lawmakers aren't exactly happy about it.  The deal, which… Read More

ICER Weekly View 10-06-17

ICER, October 6, 2017
by Mitchell Stein, featuring work by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the review: Medicaid’s “best price rule” has long been held up as an obstacle to value pricing – health policy/legal experts take a look and conclude that “the best-price… Read More

Axios Vitals post from October 4

Axios, October 4, 2017
by By Sam Baker, featuring work by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the post: Medicaid and value-based drug deals: New research casts some doubt on the pharmaceutical industry's claim that Medicaid's "best-price" rule inhibits its ability to create contracts… Read More

Absent federal action, states take the lead on curbing drug costs

The Washington Post, September 29, 2017
by By Shefali Luthra, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Critics see these tailored efforts as falling short or potentially opening other loopholes. Requiring companies to report prices past a certain threshold, for example, might encourage… 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There’s a federal law to lower drug prices—and Louisiana may just use it

Ars Technica, May 4, 2017
by Beth Mole, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Rachel Sachs, a law professor at Washington University in St Louis, told the KHN that this makes a good argument for summoning 28 U.S.C. § 1498. “The case is strong,”… Read More

Promoting demand-side innovation: prizes for payers

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, May 5, 2017
by 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… 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

Petrie-Flom Welcomes New Executive Director!

Petrie-Flom Center, May 10, 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Carmel Shachar, JD, MPH (HLS ’10, HSPH ’10), will join the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School as our… Read More

Value-Based Pricing For Pharmaceuticals In The Trump Administration

Health Affairs Blog, April 27, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius Lakdawalla

From the article: Everyone seems to agree: Drug prices are too damn high. Scandalous prices for new drugs and enormous price hikes on old drugs have focused public ire on the pharmaceutical… Read More

As a competitor encroached, Mylan took one state to court to push EpiPen sales, documents

STAT News, April 24, 2017
by Ike Swetlitz, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article:  Three lawyers who reviewed the case at the request of STAT said they could not think of another instance when a pharmaceutical company sued to protect the status of its medication… Read More

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)

From the article: “It’s the single-biggest problem facing the exchanges,” said Rachel Sachs, a health law professor at Washington University in St. Louis. “That would make insurers… Read More

Congress and FDA nominee heap love on ‘adaptive trials’

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

From the article: “‘Adaptive clinical trials’ is one of those buzzwords that get brought up all the time,” says Rachel Sachs, an innovation and health law professor at Washington… Read More

Scott Gottlieb: Conflicts surround Trump’s FDA pick

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

From the article: Even some industry watchdogs are cautiously optimistic. In a New England Journal of Medicine perspective, Rachel Sachs, a Washington University associate professor of law who studies… Read More

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: Democrats’ New Drug Bill Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act was introduced this week.  You can read the summary of the bill here.  Rachel Sachs… Read More

Scott Gottlieb’s FDA Commissioner Confirmation Hearing: Remarkably Unremarkable

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

From the post: On Wednesday morning, the United States Senate Committee on Health, Energy, Labor, and Pensions conducted the confirmation hearing for Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Trump’s nominee… Read More

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)

From the abstract: Non-economic damages (pain and suffering) are the most significant and variable components of liability. Our survey of 51 U.S. jurisdictions shows wide heterogeneity in whether attorneys… Read More

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 audits would be overly burdensome for industry and that the $2500 threshold might include too many drugs… Read More

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 a rebate check. That timing can expose some patients, especially those with high deductibles, to the… Read More

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)

From the article: Marathon is a member of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the drug industry trade group. Drug companies cannot use their usual argument of saying this… Read More

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)

From the article: As far as what existing regulations if repealed would be considered part of the “two out” part of the EO, OMB notes, “Any existing regulatory action that imposes… Read More

E&C delays vote on drug pricing bill

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

From the article: On cost: studies have found that it usually takes a handful of generic drugscompeting for market share for prices to drop. “You usually need to get to something like three or four… Read More

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)

From the article: In the waning days of his administration, President Obama encouraged Americans to take advantage of the opportunity to get health insurance in what may be the last open enrollment period… Read More

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 services, President-elect Donald J. Trump has taken a giant step toward undermining the health… Read More

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: Rachel Sachs, an associate law professor at Washington University in St. Louis and expert in innovation policy, said the government had every right to seek price concessions. She noted… Read More

Travel Abroad for Low-Cost Care

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

From the article: Why the extra effort to court foreign patients? A couple of reasons, according to Patients With Passports (Oxford University Press), by I. Glenn Cohen: to make money (from the… Read More

Senate committee calls for ban on surgeons conducting simultaneous operations

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

From the article: A powerful Senate committee wants all hospitals to explicitly ban surgeons from overseeing two simultaneous operations, weighing in on a controversy that has roiled Massachusetts General… Read More

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)

From the article: (Tweet by Rachel E. Sachs) My 1st thoughts on today's draft of 21st Century Cures: some bad provisions are gone, some remain, & some to watch. http://blogs.harvard.edu/billofhealth/2016/11/25/the-newest-21st-century-cures-draft-moderates-but-doesnt-eliminate-controversy/ … Read More

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. Robertson and Faculty Affiliate Aaron S. Kesselheim have coauthored a new Perspective article in NEJM on recent judicial decisions regarding… Read More

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:  This introductory chapter to the edited volume Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics (I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, Christopher T. Robertson,… Read More

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 ago, most Americans devoted little time and attention to the question of pharmaceutical pricing. Now, a… Read More

Student Fellow Alumna Lauren Taylor on the American Health Care Paradox

Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, October 27, 2016

Lauren A. Taylor, MPH, MDiv will discuss her book,  The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less. Commentator: John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA, Professor… Read More

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 deterrence and medical malpractice law, culminating in a publication in the University of Chicago Law Review.… Read More

Is Medical Tourism Ethical?

The Greenwall Foundation, September 2016

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen served as a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar, Class of 2015. The Greenwall Foundation recently published a profile of Cohen's project,… Read More

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 list, most Americans would have no insurance co-pay when getting the product. That means they could obtain… Read More

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 monopolist, and you’ve got a product that expires every year, and it’s not super easy to… Read More

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 Mylan to determine whether it introduced “anticompetitive terms” into school contracts.STAT recently… Read More

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 likely to pass, according to Joshua P. Cohen, a researcher at the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug… Read More

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 Mylan's Epi-Pen has come to dominate the market for epinephrine autoinjectors. From the article: … Read More

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 after the EpiPen controversy. Mylan, the pharmaceutical company that provides the life saving pen… Read More

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)

From the post: Obviously Mylan didn't want to underprice its own branded drug, but it's possible they had filed away plans for a generic version in case a significant competitor arose. Rachel Sachs,… Read More

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. Competition is fierce among local, not-for-profit teaching hospitals, and the idea of collaboration brings to mind collusion,… Read More

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 addressing recent legislation preventing the FDA from approving any research "in which a human embryo… Read More

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2017 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference
Harvard Law School

Deadline: Due no later than December 2, 2016

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce plans for our 2017 annual conference, entitled: “Transparency in Health and… Read More

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

Abstract: This chapter uses the controversy over mandated contraceptive coverage in employer health plans as a jumping-off point to do two things: (1) evaluate the proper scope of religion in the workplace—not… Read More

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 RoundsEvaluating Offers of Payment to Research ParticipantsHolly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBioethicsExecutive Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics,… Read More

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: 1. COMPARATIVE BENEFIT/HARM PRINCIPLES IN ICU RATIONING  In what follows I will raise some skeptical concerns for ICU rationing. My basic claim is that deeply entrenched features… Read More

Review: I Glenn Cohen, Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics, Oxford University

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, May 2016
by Reviewed by Douglas MacKay

From the review:  Glenn Cohen’s Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics offers a thorough examination of the growing practice of medical tourism, the legal regulations… Read More

Scholarship: DIBSS / Dubrovnik International Bioethics Summer School
Global Bioethics Initiative with School of Medicine, University of Zagreb

Deadline: June 10, 2016

Global Bioethics Initiative in partnership with University of Zagreb School of Medicine and Inter-University Centre invites students and professionals worldwide to attend the DIBSS – Dubrovnik… Read More

Contrived Threats v. Uncontrived Warnings

83 University of Chicago Law Review 503, 2016
by Einer Elhauge (Founding Faculty Director)

Abstract: Contractual duress, unconstitutional conditions, and blackmail have long been puzzling. The puzzle is why these doctrines sometimes condemn threatening lawful action to induce agreements… Read More

Resolving Reverse-Payment Settlements with the Smoking Gun of Stock Price Movements

81 Iowa Law Review 1581, 2016
by Thomas G. McGuire, Keith Drake, Einer Elhauge (Founding Faculty Director), Raymond S. Hartman, Martha Starr

Abstract: The Supreme Court recently held that in reverse-payment settlements of drug patent disputes, anticompetitive effects can be inferred if the reverse payment exceeds the patent holder’s… Read More

Prizing Insurance: Prescription Drug Insurance as Innovation Incentive,

Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 30, No. 1 (forthcoming)
by Rachel E. Sachs

Abstract:  A problem perennially facing scholars of both intellectual property and health law is the need to incentivize appropriately the development of new pharmaceuticals. Although physicians have… Read More

Promoting Healthcare Innovation on the Demand Side

U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-008; U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 503
by Rebecca Eisenberg and W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract: Innovation policy often focuses on the incentives of firms that sell new products. But optimal use of healthcare products also requires good information about the likely effects of products in… Read More

J-PAL Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition
MIT

Deadline: June 17, 2016

The J-PAL Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition will support visionary health care leaders in rigorously evaluating programs that deploy health and social services to improve health outcomes and… Read More

Christians Find Their Own Way to Replace Obamacare

U.S. News & World Report, February 23, 2016
by By Kimberly Leonard, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow)

From the article:  [...] Rachel Sachs, academic fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, says some academics are concerned that the… Read More

Scalia’s death shakes contraception mandate, other high-profile court cases

Washington Times, February 15, 2016
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

[...] Legal analysts it’s not unusual to have different legal treatment from one area to the next. “States do things differently all the time,” said Holly Lynch, a bioethics analyst at… Read More

Does it break the law to charge a lot for a cure?

The Incidental Economist Blog, January 28, 2016
by Nicolas Bagley, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow)

From the article: [...] Talk about sending the wrong signals about what sorts of drugs we value most. As Rachel Sachs wrote in an email: In my view, Sovaldi is a drug that shouldn’t exist… Read More

Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics: Cross-Registration Opportunity for Harvard Students
Harvard Medical School

Deadline: January 15, 2016

Cross-registration is available for "Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics," a new course being offered as part of the HMS Master’s program in bioethics. A course description is provided below. Interested… Read More

How to Decrease Prices for an Expensive Class of Drugs

The New York Times, November 16, 2015
by Austin Frakt, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Excerpt from the article: [...] As the law professors W. Nicholson Price and Arti Rai put it, “If an aspirin were a bicycle, a small biologic would be a Toyota Prius, and a large biologic would… Read More

Innovations in Health Law and Policy: Regulatory Challenges and Strategies for Change Conference

UNH School of Law, October 26, 2015
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Innovations in Health Law and Policy: Regulatory Challenges and Strategies for Change When: Monday, October 26, 2015 Where: UNH School of Law 2 White Street Concord, New Hampshire Presented by the Health… Read More

How Prescription Drugs Get So Wildly Expensive

WIRED, September 23, 2015
by Nick Stockton, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow)

From the article: [...] With all that in mind, here’s the important question: Is Shkreli an industry outlier, or was he just unlucky enough to be found out? “There’s one aspect… Read More

Senate GOP bill protects opponents of Obama birth-control rules

Washington Times, August 4, 2015
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly F. Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article:  Holly Lynch, a bioethics expert at Harvard Law School who closely tracks the debate, said the new bill didn’t balance its focus on rights of conscience with a women’s… Read More

With The ACA Secure, It’s Time To Focus On Social Determinants

Health Affairs Blog, July 21, 2015
by Lauren Taylor (Student Fellow alumna) and Elizabeth Bradley

From the article:  While Medicaid expansion remains a dream for Americans in many states, the integrity of both the state and federal marketplaces for insurance remained intact following the June… Read More

Happy about the Supreme Court’s ACA decision? Thank a law professor

The Conversation, June 26, 2015
by Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow)

From the post:  The core of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has now survived its second trip to the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority in King v Burwell, holding that… Read More

Supreme Court Decision in King v. Burwell (2015)

by Supreme Court of the United States

Read the Supreme Court's 2015 decision upholding the Constitutionality of federal insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. Read More

Cost Effectiveness Analysis and Fairness

Journal of Practical Ethics, Vol. 3, Nr. 1, June 2015
by Francis M. Kamm (Senior Fellow Alumna)

Abstract:       This article considers some different views of fairness and whether they conflict with the use of a version of Cost Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) that calls… Read More

Procedural Triage

Fordham Law Review, Vol. 84, 2015, Forthcoming
by Matthew J. B. Lawrence (Academic Fellow)

Academic Fellow Matthew J. B. Lawrence has a new article forthcoming in 2015 regarding the use of procedural triage in addressing the administrative crisis faced by Medicare. … Read More

Insurer Uses Personal Data To Predict Who Will Get Sick

National Public Radio (NPR), June 8, 2015
by Todd Bookman, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] Carol, who is sitting next to her husband, explains that John's stroke came in the middle of a bad run of health. First, he [Crockett] developed an ulcer, she says.… Read More

Innovation Law and Policy

U. C. Davis Law Review, Forthcoming 2016
by Rachel E. Sachs

Academic Fellow Rachel E. Sachs has a new article forthcoming in 2016 on law and the future of personalized medicine. From the article: Personalized medicine is the future of health care, and as such incentives… Read More

NOW ONLINE: I. Glenn Cohen Discusses Modern Fertility Technologies and Benefits

Chronicle (WCVB/ABC Boston), April 13, 2015
by Shayna Seymour, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Show Abstract: The birds and the bees are still important – but today's couples eager to start a family can also rely on Big Data to get them to parenthood. Tonight Shayna Seymour discovers… Read More

Are trade secrets delaying biosimilars?

Science, April 10, 2015
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus) and Arti K. Rai

Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow alumnus Nicholson Price, now an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, has recently published an article in Science on the cost and… Read More

Supreme Court Will Likely Uphold Affordable Care Act, Law Profs Say

Harvard Crimson, March 9, 2015
by Andrew M. Duehren, quoting Einer Elhauge (Faculty Director)

Last week’s oral arguments in King v. Burwell suggest that the United States Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act, according to several Harvard Law School. The case calls into question… Read More