FDA Regulation of Mobile Health Technologies

NEJM, July 24, 2014
by Nathan G. Cortez, J.D., I. Glenn Cohen, J.D., and Aaron S. Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has published a new co-authored article in the New England Journal of Medicine on FDA regulation of new mobile health technologies. From the article: Medicine…

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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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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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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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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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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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When Religious Freedom Clashes with Access to Care:

NEJM, July 2, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Gregory Curfman

At the tail end of this year's Supreme Court term, religious freedom came into sharp conflict with the government's interest in providing affordable access to health care. In a consolidated…

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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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Doctors pushed to reject role in executions

"The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC, June 17, 2014
by Rachel Maddow, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss his recent opinion piece in JAMA, coauthored with Robert D. Truog and Mark A. Rockoff (both of Harvard Medical School), on “Physicians,…

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Video Now Available: What is Life?

Radcliffe Institute, May 30, 2014
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

How has knowledge of the human genome transformed the biological sciences? How should we assess the promises, perils, and ethics of creating new organisms in the laboratory? Eric S. Lander (moderator),…

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Tulsa Law Review special issue honoring Founding Faculty Director Einer Elhauge

Tulsa Law Review Vol. 49, Issue 3, 2013
by Einer Elhauge (Founding Faculty Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and others

A symposium honoring the work of Petrie-Flom Founding Faculty Director Einer Elhauge has been published by the Tulsa Law Review. The issue includes Elhauge’s article, “I'm Not Quite Dead Yet -- and Other…

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Inquisitive Nashville teen finds her egg donor mom

USA Today, June 5, 2014
by Heidi Hall, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Originally published as "Nashville teen finds her egg donor mom," The Tennesseean (June 5, 2014). [...] The identity of U.S. sperm and egg donors is protected by default. In the United Kingdom,…

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Goodbye and Congratulations to Faculty Co-Director Benjamin N. Roin

Petrie-Flom Center, June 1, 2014

The Petrie-Flom Center congratulates our co-director, Benjamin N. Roin, who effective June 30, 2014 will be taking up an offer to join the faculty of MIT Sloan School of Management. As…

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What is Life?

Radcliffe Institute, May 30, 2014, 4:00-5:15pm
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Registration is required in order to attend this event. Please register here. How has knowledge of the human genome transformed the biological sciences? How should we assess the promises, perils,…

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Harvard Law Professor: Suing the VA Is Full of Challenges

Newsmax, May 27, 2014
by Courtney Coren, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Those affected by the scandal at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country could file a class action lawsuit, but such a move also presents "some challenges," says I. Glenn Cohen,…

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California Counties Sue 5 Narcotics Makers

Here & Now, NPR, May 22, 2014
by Robin Young interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Two counties in California — Orange and Santa Clara — are suing five major drug companies, accusing them of causing the growing prescription drug epidemic across the country. The complaint,…

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Delaying Pregnancy and Parenthood:

The Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health, May 21, 2014
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In a new report, the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC has confirmed that the average age at which American women deliver their first babies has increased in the…

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Harvard Law Prof: Administration Chose Not to Act on VA Scandal

Newsmax, May 21, 2014
by Courtney Coren, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The Veterans Affairs scandal is the most disturbing scandal this year because the Obama administration seemed to know about it but didn't do anything, says I. Glenn Cohen, leading expert…

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Doctors assist in executions despite ethics rules

LA Times, May 21, 2014
by Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Seth Klamann, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] A group of legal experts called the Death Penalty Committee of the Constitution Project recently recommended that doctors or other medical personnel supervise all medical aspects of executions, even…

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Physicians, Medical Ethics, and Execution by Lethal Injection

JAMA, May 19, 2014
by Robert D. Truog, MD; I. Glenn Cohen, JD (Faculty Director); Mark A. Rockoff, MD

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has coauthored a new opinion piece now available through JAMA. From the article: In an opinion dissenting from a Supreme Court decision to deny review in a…

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Streamlining Review by Accepting Equivalence

American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 14, Issue 5, 2014
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In their target article, Barchi, Singleton, and Merz (2014) identify several challenges to the review of international research, including regulatory frameworks and review criteria that may overlap or compete across…

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Globalization and Healthcare Ethics

@BioethxChat, May 19, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Join Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director I. Glenn Cohen on May 19 as he leads a discussion on "Globalization and Healthcare Ethics" hosted by BioethxChat on Twitter.

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Public Workshop: Strategies for Responsible Sharing of Clinical Trial Data

Institute of Medicine, National Academies, May 5, 2014
by Featuring a presentation by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Petrie-Flom Center Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen will participate in a session on "Operational Principles for the Governance for Sharing Clinical Trial Data" on Monday, May 5, at 1:30pm. From the workshop…

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ANALYSIS: VA Department Responsible for Veteran Deaths

RIA Novosti, April 25, 2014
by Lyudmila Chernova, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Glenn Cohen, a health policy and bioethics expert at Harvard Law School, stressed the Veterans Administration has had a serious history of delays in many areas and one of…

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Clashing Rights:

Northeastern University Program on Health Policy and Law, April 25, 2014
by featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In recent years, the First Amendment’s free speech clause has played an increasingly critical role in the battle over reproductive rights. For example, states seeking to limit access to abortion…

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Accountability in the ACO Structure:

Risk & Insurance, April 2014
by Katie Siegel

[...] As physician employers, ACOs “will need professional liability coverage for the errors of its professional care providers,” said Derek Jones, a principal and consulting actuary at Milliman. In fact,…

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What (If Anything) Is Wrong with Human Enhancement? What (If Anything) Is Right with It?

Tulsa Law Review, vol. 49, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract:  Should human enhancement be prohibited? Subsidized? Mandated? Taxed?  This article is part of a symposium honoring one of my wonderful mentors: Einer Elhauge. It focuses on human enhancement. With…

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Mark Udall ad says Cory Gardner ‘championed’ Colorado fight to ban birth control

PolitiFact.com, April 21, 2014
by Citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] As we’ve noted in past articles about the debate over personhood, some legal scholars and the medical community have cautioned that it could potentially impact access to birth control. In a 2011…

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Many states avoiding paying for glitchy health care sites:

Washington Times, April 15, 2014
by Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Co-Director)

“I think these will be handled as is most government contracting: threats of litigation or excluding the contractors, followed by real negotiations and agreements,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a health…

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Make it Work!:

Harvard Law Review 128, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Co-Director)

This short essay is part of a Harvard Law Review Symposium honoring Justice Breyer on his 20th Year on The Supreme Court. It examines Breyer's opinions and impact on the…

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An Interview with I. Glenn Cohen on Law and Bioscience

OUP Blog, March 14, 2014

There are huge changes taking place in the world of biosciences, and whether it's new discoveries in stem cell research, new reproductive technologies, or genetics being used to make predictions…

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Was the Medicaid Expansion Coercive?

Routledge, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

In The Affordable Care Act Decision: Philosophical and Legal Implications, Fritz Allhoff and Mark Hall, eds. In this book chapter on the ACA decision, NFIB v. Sebelius, I focus on the Court's…

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I. Glenn Cohen discusses proposed West Va. Ban on Abortions after 20 Weeks

Talkline, February 27, 2014

Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director I. Glenn Cohen recently appeared on West Virginia radio show "Talkline" to discuss the state's proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks. The proposed law is based…

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Indian medicine, coming soon to an island near you

BMJ, February 25, 2014
by Suzy Frisch, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

[...] NH will open a hospital in the Cayman Islands in February in partnership with Ascension Health, the largest non-profit provider in the US. Shetty and David Pryor, president and…

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Health Law Workshop: I. Glenn Cohen

Monday, February 17, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2013-2014
Hauser 105
1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Professor Cohen's papers, "What (if anything) is Wrong with Human Enhancement? What (if anything) is Right With It?" and "This Is…

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Too good to be true?

NBC News, February 3, 2014
by Zac Bissonnette, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

[...] The ministries are not regulated for solvency, said I. Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and…

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The Ethicist’s and the Lawyer’s New Clothes:

Radcliffe Institute Science Lecture Series, 5:00pm
by I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | 5 PM Sheerr Room, Fay House 10 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138 From enhanced exosuits for members of the armed services to clothing that spies…

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Past sperm and egg donors split on losing anonymity

Reuters, December 21, 2013
by Shereen Jegtvig, quoting I. Glenn Cohen

[...] The ethical considerations of egg and sperm donor anonymity are complicated, researchers said. "Those in favor of non-anonymity or mandatory identification rules tend to argue from the perspective of…

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Petrie-Flom Center to collaborate with Harvard Catalyst

Official Press Release:  Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics will launch a novel Ethics and Law initiative as part of the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law…

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VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE: Stem Cell Therapies:

Institute of Medicine, November 18, 2013
by Co-organized by I. Glenn Cohen

Stem cells hold tremendous potential to advance health and medicine. Through replacement of damaged cells and organs or supporting intrinsic repair, stem cell offer promising treatments for debilitating diseases and…

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Have Injury, Will Travel:

Outside Magazine, November 14, 2013
by Emily Matchar, quoting I. Glenn Cohen

[...] Most people who travel abroad for medical care are uninsured or underinsured, with high-copay or high-deductible insurance, says Glenn Cohen, a professor atHarvard Law School who studies medical tourism. [...]

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Genes without Patents

Harvard Gazette, November 14, 2013
by Alvin Powell, featuring I. Glenn Cohen

As Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan questioned Myriad Genetics’ attorney about patenting genes, Chris Hansen rejoiced. The attorney said that yes, genes should be patentable. But it was only under…

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Video Now Available: Symposium Honoring Founding Faculty Director Einer Elhauge

Tulsa Law Review, October 4, 2013

On Friday, October 4, the Tulsa Law Review hosted a symposium titled "Health Law Policy: Legal Issues in the Evolving Healthcare Market" honoring the work of Petrie-Flom Center Founding Director Einer Elhauge. I.…

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Peter Singer Advocates for Animal Rights

The Harvard Crimson, November 10, 2013
by Joanna R. Schacter

[...] Friday’s talk was part of a series sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at the Law School. Singer also spoke later in the…

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