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...

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Senate Plan Would Give Corporations, High Income Earners A $1 Trillion Tax Cut

Kaiser Health News, June 23, 2017

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

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Health-Care Stocks Get Boost From Senate Bill

Wall Street Journal, June 22, 2017
by Amrith Ramkumar and Riva Gold

>This article is behind a paywall. Harvard affiliates can access the full text via Hollis+

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Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid

New York Times, June 22, 2017
by Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, who for seven years have promised a repeal of the Affordable...

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Senate bill contains $50B to stabilize ObamaCare markets

The Hill, June 22, 2017
by Nathaniel Weixel

The Senate Republican healthcare reform bill would appropriate $50 billion over four years to try to...

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Promises Made To Protect Preexisting Conditions Prove Hollow

Kaiser Health News, June 22, 2017
by Jay Hancock and Rachel Bluth

Senate Republicans praised the Affordable Care Act replacement bill they presented Thursday as prese...

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GOP Senators Working On Health Bill Weigh Deeper Reductions In Medicaid

Kaiser Health News, June 20, 2017

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

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State Officials Scramble To Woo Insurers Back Into ACA Marketplaces

Kaiser Health News, June 20, 2017

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

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Lacking Real Power To Alter GOP Bill, Democrats Try To Throw Wrench In Process Itself

Kaiser Health News, June 20, 2017

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

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As Rep...

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The Senate Is Close to a Health Care Bill, but Do Republicans Have the Votes?

New York Times, June 19, 2017
by Wilson Andrews and Hayeoun Park

The 52 Republican senators have been meeting several times a week behind closed doors to d...

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The Platinum Patients

The Atlantic, June 15, 2017
by Story by Andrew McGill, Graphics by Russell Goldenberg of Polygraph

Each year, 1 in every 20 Americans racks up just as much in medical bills as another 19 combined. Th...

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Descent Into Secrecy

Kaiser Health News, June 14, 2017
by Julie Rovner

Congress struggling to finish a huge budget reconciliation bill. A GOP president pushing a major ove...

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Price Defends Trump’s Budget Plan For Medicaid, Saying A Reduction In Growth Is Not A Cut

Kaiser Health News, June 9, 2017

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

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Powerful GOP Chairman Backs Insurance Subsidy Payments

Kaiser Health News, June 9, 2017

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

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The un...

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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

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The Supreme Court has once again been called on to mediate the boundaries...

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

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

From the article

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In the Fall of 2016, I taught Health Law and Policy for the fourth consecutive se...

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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

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A Supreme Court ruling on international printer cartridge sales could have major...

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From ‘Subsidy Cliffs’ To Empty Marketplaces

Kaiser Health News, June 5, 2017

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

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Health officials set to release a list of drugs everyone on Earth should be able to access

STAT, June 5, 2017
by Helen Branswell

Once every two years, the World Health Organization releases a list of medications it thin...

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Nurse Practitioner Demand Eclipses Doctors As States Lift Hurdles

Forbes, June 4, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

[...] The trend may only escalate as more states give direct access to nurse practitioners as moment...

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A taxpayer gamble on medical tourism

STAT, June 2, 2017
by Max Blau

Taxpayers in Louisiana are helping to subsidize construction of two health care centers offering a d...

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Republican Senator

Kaiser Health News, June 2, 2017

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

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Sen. R...

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New Issue of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences

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

The Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the open-access journal launched in 2014 by the Pe...

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Express Scripts Sues Maker of Overdose Drug, Intensifying Feud

New York Times, May 31, 2017
by Katie Thomas and Charles Ornstein

A company that manages prescription drug plans for tens of millions of Americans has sued a tiny dru...

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Health Care Groups At A Crossroads Over Trying To Kill GOP Bill Or Help Shape It

Kaiser Health News, May 30, 2017

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

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States Fear Price Of New Zika Vaccine Will Be More Than They Can Pay

NPR, May 30, 2017
by Alison Kodjak

The U.S. Army is planning to grant an exclusive license to the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi...

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White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

New York Times, May 29, 2017
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted...

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Hogan lets drug price-gouging bill, dozens of others become law without signature

Baltimore Sun, May 26, 2017
by Michael Dresser

Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday he will not block a new law giving the Maryland attorney gene...

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McConnell Confides Uncertainty Over Health Plan

Kaiser Health News, May 25, 2017

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

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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

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On Thursday, May 11, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension...

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

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

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So is this really the best way to develop new healthcare technologies and therapi..

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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

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“If Price and [President] Trump are interested in lower-priced drugs, they...

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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

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Trump has repeatedly said that drug prices are too high but has often suggested t...

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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

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Gottlieb's position has earned cautious approval from medical industry observ...

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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)

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New York’s Medicaid program, for example, has seen its drug spending rise o...

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VA plans mental care for discharged vets, but at what cost?

STAT, May 24, 2017
by Associated Press

[...] It was one of several gaps in the VA’s proposed budget that Shulkin acknowledged&nb...

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U.S. Charges Four With Trading Insider Tips on Health-Care Policy

Wall Street Journal, May 24, 2017
by Brody Mullins and Susan Pulliam

>This article is behind a paywall. Harvard affiliates can access it via Hollis+

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Federal prosecutors...

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Putting A Lid On Waste

Kaiser Health News, May 24, 2017
by Chad Terhune

[...] Some experts estimate that at least $200 billion is wasted annually on excessiv...

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Trump, Shouting ‘Death Spiral,’ Has Nudged Affordable Care Act Downward

New York Times, May 20, 2017
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — When Aetna, the health insurance giant, announced this month that it wa...

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Trump reportedly wants to kill critical Obamacare subsidies

CNBC, May 19, 2017
by Dan Mangan

President Donald Trump now reportedly wants to pull the plug on a big pot of Obamacar...

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Texas leans into unproven stem cell treatments, to the dismay of scientists

STAT, May 16, 2017
by Andrew Joseph

He made the emotional plea to his colleagues: Pass this bill

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“It might give somebody like my...

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After All That Turmoil, House May Have To Vote On Health Plan Again

Kaiser Health News, May 19, 2017

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

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In an...

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‘There Are No Hands On The Wheel’

Kaiser Health News, May 19, 2017

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

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Administration Reportedly ‘Encouraged” Texas To Pursue Millions In Withheld Medicaid Funds

Kaiser Health News, May 18, 2017

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

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A Whistle-Blower Tells of Health Insurers Bilking Medicare

New York Times, May 15, 2017
by Mary Williams Walsh

When Medicare was facing an impossible $13 trillion funding gap, Congress opted for a bold...

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Flickers Of Bipartisanship May Light Way For Plan B In Senate If GOP Legislation Fails

Kaiser Health News, May 15, 2017

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

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Trump Says He Knows About Health Care, But Some Of His Facts Seem Alternative

Kaiser Health News, May 15, 2017
by Julie Rovner

Lost in all the coverage of the firing of FBI Director James Comey last week were a pair of in-depth...

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New Gene Tests Pose a Threat to Insurers

New York Times, May 12, 2017
by Gina Kolata

Pat Reilly had good reason to worry about Alzheimer’s disease: Her mother had it, and she saw...

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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

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Rachel Sachs, a law professor at Washington University in St Louis, told the ...

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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

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Promoting Healthcare Innovation on the Demand Side,1 the recent article by Pro...

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

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

From the abstract

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In recent years, drug manufacturers and private payers have expressed interest i...

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Aetna Pulling Out Of All ACA Marketplaces Amid Uncertainty, Financial Losses

Kaiser Health News, May 11, 2017

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

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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

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While the law can create conflict between religion and health, it can also facilita...

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Health Act Repeal Could Threaten U.S. Job Engine

New York Times, May 6, 2017
by Nelson D. Schwartz and Reed Abelson

[...] The outsize economic role of the American health care industry heightens the risks posed by th...

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White House Proposes Cutting Drug Control Office Funding by 95%

New York Times, May 5, 2017
by Alan Rappeport

WASHINGTON — When he was running for office, Donald J. Trump promised to rid America...

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In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill

New York Times, May 4, 2017
by Reed Abelson and Katie Thomas

It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few...

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House Passes Measure to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

New York Times, May 4, 2017
by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal and replace major parts...

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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

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Everyone seems to agree: Drug prices are too damn high. Scandalous prices&nb...

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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)

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Three lawyers who reviewed the case at the request of STAT said they could...

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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)

From the article

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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)

From the article

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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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Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs...

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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)

From the post

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

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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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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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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)

From the article

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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)

From the article

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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)

From the article

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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)

From the article

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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)

From the article

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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.

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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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