Petrie-Flom Seeks Research Assistant

Petrie-Flom Seeks Research Assistant
Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Deadline: Open until filled.

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law and Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, seeks a part-time research assistant for project collaboration with Harvard Catalyst (Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center) on challenges and innovation in human…

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Global Reproduction:
Health, Law, and Human Rights in Surrogacy and Egg Donation

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

More information coming soon!

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Emerging Issues and New Frontiers for FDA Regulation

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Washington, DC

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Food and Drug Law Institute are pleased to…

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DRAFT AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE: Post-Trial Responsibilities:
Ethics and Implementation

Thursday, September 18, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Registration for the conference is open now! Register online. Law, policy, and guidance are vague, sometimes conflicting, and generally lacking…

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BREAKING — D.C. Circuit strikes down tax credits in federal exchanges

Washington Post, July 22, 2014
by Jonathan H. Adler

This morning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released its much awaited opinion in Halbig v. Burwell.  In a 2-1 opinion, the Court held that the Internal Revenue…

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Arkansas Weighs Plan To Make Some Medicaid Enrollees Fund Savings Accounts

Kaiser Health News, July 22, 2014
by Michele Andrews

If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those that don't may have to…

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Three person IVF plans ‘progress’ in UK:

BBC News, July 22, 2014

A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health. But a number of technical and scientific details need to be finalised…

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Reconsideration of the Lifetime Ban on Blood Donation by Men Who Have Sex With Men

JAMA, July 23, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen, JD (Faculty Director); Jeremy Feigenbaum, JD; Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new Viewpoint piece in the July 23/30, 2014 issue of JAMA, arguing for the end of the FDA's lifetime ban on blood…

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Clinical Trials and the Right to Remain Silent

JAMA, July 21, 2014
by Michelle Mello, JD, PhD, MPhil and I. Glenn Cohen, JD (Faculty Director)

I. Glenn Cohen has coauthored a new Invited Commentary piece in JAMA on access to clinical trial data. From the article: In this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Kernan et al chronicle…

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Hospital Agrees to Pay $190 Million Over Recording of Pelvic Exams

New York Times, July 21, 2014
by Trip Gabriel

The doctor wore an unusual pen around his neck. It was really a concealed camera, and for years he secretly recorded women at some of their most private moments, during…

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JAMA opinion piece calls for ending lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men:

Washington Times, July 19, 2014
by Cheryl Wetzstein, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Gay marriage laws and court rulings against sexual-orientation discrimination are all signs that it’s time for the federal government to change its blood-donor policy for gay and bisexual men, authors…

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California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers:

ProPublica, July 18, 2014
by Abraham Lustgarten

California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of…

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Justice Department Indicts FedEx in a Drug-Shipping Inquiry

New York Times, July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — FedEx, the world’s second-largest package-delivery company, was indicted Thursday in connection with a Justice Department investigation into illegal pharmaceutical shipments, according to a person with knowledge of the…

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Hated the Facebook experiment? You’ll hate what’s next for health care.

Vox, July 16, 2014
by Adriana McIntyre interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Facebook isn't the only company that wants to capitalize on information collected from millions of people do do research. Health care systems want to use the immense sea…

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Petrie-Flom Center Launches New Book on Human Subjects Research Regulation

MIT Press, August 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), eds.

The Petrie-Flom Center is pleased to announce publication of Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future (MIT Press 2014), co-edited by Petrie-Flom Center Faculty Director, I. Glenn Cohen, and Executive…

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Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails

NPR, July 16, 2014
by Alan Greenblatt

A Democratic effort to override the Supreme Court's recent ruling on contraceptive coverage failed in the Senate on Wednesday. Bill sponsors fell four votes short of the 60 votes needed…

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EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers

NPR, July 16, 2014
by Bill Chappell

Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said this week.…

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Lapses at high-security CDC labs reveal culture of negligence:

Christian Science Monitor, July 16, 2014
by Noelle Swan

Revelations of safety breaches at federal biosecurity laboratories reveal gaping holes in safety protocols, a lack of independent oversight, and an apparent culture of hubris among researchers who work with…

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After Hobby Lobby, ACA exceptions may become the rule

Reuters, July 15, 2014
by Interview with Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Holly Fernandez Lynch analyzes the impact of the Supreme Court's recent decision, saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed by Congress, will shape the impact as much as the…

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Abortion Clinic Protections Proposed in Massachusetts

New York Times, July 14, 2014
by Jess Bidgood

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers expressed support for a bill filed on Monday that they say would address safety concerns that arose when theUnited States Supreme Court last month struck down 35-foot buffer zones…

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Dozens Of Religious Groups Refuse To Sign Contraceptive Opt-Out

Kaiser Health News, July 14, 2014

The two-page form, designed to accommodate religious beliefs, is regarded as an untenable compromise by some religious employers, reports The New York Times. Meanwhile, GOP governors see little fallout from…

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Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition

New York Times, July 13, 2014
by Gardiner Harris

SHEOHAR DISTRICT, India — He wore thick black eyeliner to ward off the evil eye, but Vivek, a tiny 1-year-old living in a village of mud huts and diminutive people,…

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Women forced to travel as Deep South closes doors on abortion clinics:

Al Jazeera America, July 12, 2014
by Ashley Cleek

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – When Kew found out she was pregnant, she knew immediately that she wanted to have an abortion. So she did a web search for “abortion clinic in…

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ACLU wants to challenge law on drug-addicted mothers

The Tennesseean, July 10, 2014
by Shelly DuBois

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee has issued a call for plaintiffs to help challenge a new state law that allows prosecutors to criminalize women who give birth to drug-dependent babies.…

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Obscure Rule Restricts Health Law’s Expansion of Care for Addicts

New York Times, July 10, 2014
by Abby Goodnough

EAST HAZEL CREST, Ill. — On its surface, the Affordable Care Act seems like a boon for addiction treatment centers like the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse,…

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Synthetic cannabis ‘not medicinal’, EU top court says

BBC News, July 10, 2014

The EU's top court says designer drugs that mimic cannabis, which are already illegal in many countries, cannot be classed as medicinal. If a drug is not "medicinal" then it…

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VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE: Using Big Data To Transform Care

HealthAffairs, July 9, 2014
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The application of big data to transform health care delivery, health research, and health policy is underway, and its potential is limitless.  The July 2014 issue of Health Affairs, "Using Big…

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Race Is On to Profit From Rise of Urgent Care

New York Times, July 9, 2014
by Julie Cresswell

[...] But what is happening here is also playing out across the nation, as private equity investment firms, sensing opportunity, invest billions in urgent care and related businesses. Since 2008, these investors…

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Study: Hospitals Using Electronic Medical Records Not Bilking Medicare

Kaiser Health News, July 8, 2014
by Eric Whitney

A new study says there's no need to worry about hospitals using their new electronic medical records to generate bigger bills and boost their income. It's been a concern since…

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Conflicting Views Of Supreme Court’s Contraception Decision Cloud Other Cases

Kaiser Health News, July 8, 2014
by Julie Rovner

The Supreme Court’s decision last week that some for-profit corporations don’t have to comply with the contraceptive coverage mandate under the Affordable Care Act may have raised more questions than…

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Complaint Says Insurance Plans Discriminate Against HIV Patients

NPR, July 8, 2014
by Michelle Andrews

Four Florida insurers allegedly discriminate against people with HIV/AIDS by structuring their prescription drug benefits so that patients are discouraged from enrolling, according to a complaint filed by health advocacy…

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Some Insurance Companies Ask Their Customers to Cross the Border for Care:

New Republic, July 7, 2014
by Adam Teicholz and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new piece in New Republic on the practice adopted by some insurance companies of sending clients across the border for less expensive care. From…

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Florida Shifts Medicaid Mental Health Strategy

Kaiser Health News, July 7, 2014
by Phil Galewitz

Seeking to improve care and lower costs, Florida this month became the first state to offer a Medicaid health plan designed exclusively for people with serious mental illnesses, such as…

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Coming to U.S. for Baby, and Womb to Carry It:

New York Times, July 5, 2014
by Tamar Lewin

[...] In an era of globalization, the market for children crosses national borders; witness the longtime flow of Americans who have gone overseas to adopt babies from South Korea, China,…

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India to provide four free vaccines, including rotavirus

BBC News, July 4, 2014

India will provide four new vaccines free of cost as part of a programme to reduce child mortality, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said. They include one for rotavirus, which…

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Berkeley mulls proposal to provide free medical marijuana:

Al Jazeera America, July 3, 2014

If a new proposal passes a final City Council vote next week in Berkeley, California, poor and low-income medical marijuana users in the city will no longer have to worry…

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Hobby Lobby stunner:

Washington Times, June 30, 2014
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

[...] Holly Lynch, a health and ethics expert at Harvard Law School, said she was “not surprised in the least that contraceptives in particular were not covered directly in the…

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Court strikes down abortion clinic buffer zones

Washington Post, June 26, 2014
by Robert Barnes

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down protest-free buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. But Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s…

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Health Care System Needs To Prepare For Global Warming

Kaiser Health News, June 26, 2014
by Lisa Gillespie

Climate change is happening, and with that will come more deaths from heat-related illness and disease, according to a report released Tuesday. The report, spearheaded and funded by investor and philanthropist…

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Politicians’ Prescriptions for Marijuana Defy Doctors and Data

New York Times, June 26, 2014
by Catherine Saint Louis

New York moved last week to join 22 states in legalizing medical marijuana for patients with a diverse array of debilitating ailments, encompassing epilepsy and cancer, Crohn’s disease and Parkinson’s.…

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New York’s Ban on Big Sodas Is Rejected by Final Court

New York Times, June 26, 2014
by Michael M. Grynbaum

The Bloomberg big-soda ban is officially dead. The state’s highest court on Thursday refused to reinstate New York City’s controversial limits on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city’s…

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Job Opportunity: Health Law Fellowship, 2014-2015

Job Opportunity: Health Law Fellowship, 2014-2015
Yale Law School

Deadline: Open until filled.

YLS is seeking to hire a Senior Fellow in Health Law, who will taken on director-type responsibilities for YLS's health program, including conference and event development and management, fundraising and policy-paper writing. The fellow will…

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Summer Program in US Health Reform

Summer Program in US Health Reform
O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

Deadline: July 21 - 25, 2014

Important Dates Regular Application Deadline: June 15 Program Details Program Fees Regular Attendees Middle/Low-income Countries: $1,825 ($3,150) High-income Countries: $2,500 ($4,485) Government and Academic Attendees (Current government officials, students, post-docs, and non-tenured faculty)  …

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Summer Program on Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law

Summer Program on Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law
O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

Deadline: July 14 - 18, 2014

Please join the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University for a one-week intensive summer institute exploring the domestic and international legal, regulatory, and policy framework shaping the safety and availability…

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US doesn’t mandate paid maternity leave. Obama says it’s time to change.

Christian Science Monitor, June 23, 2014
by Mark Trumbull

WASHINGTON — A White House Summit on Working Families Monday focused attention on a workplace policy where the US stands in a league of its own: America is the only advanced economy without a legal…

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Using Big Data To Transform Care:

Health Affairs, July 9, 2014, 9:00am - 12:30pm
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The application of big data to transform health care delivery, health research, and health policy is underway, and its potential is limitless.  The July 2014 issue of Health Affairs, "Using…

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Medical Marijuana 101:

CommonHealth, WBUR (NPR, Boston), June 23, 2014
by Martha Bebinger

[...] The Massachusetts Medical Society opposed the statewide ballot question that made marijuana legal for medical purposes. But the society offered this course because the drug is legal now for…

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More Than 750 Hospitals Face Medicare Crackdown On Patient Injuries

Kaiser Health News, June 22, 2014
by Jordan Rau

During a hernia operation, Dorothea Handron’s surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel. It took five days for doctors to determine she had an infection. By the time they operated on her…

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Judge Upholds Policy Barring Unvaccinated Students During Illnesses

New York Times, June 22, 2014
by Benjamin Mueller

In a case weighing the government’s ability to require vaccination against the individual right to refuse it, a federal judge has upheld a New York City policy that bars unimmunized…

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