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

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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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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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Leading AIDS Researcher Killed in Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Crash

New York Times, July 18, 2014
by Thomas Erdbrink and Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

Members of the international HIV research community are reeling from the news that many of their own, including world-renowned AIDS researcher Joep Lange, perished when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot…

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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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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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Last-Resort Antibiotics In Jeopardy As Use Rises Globally

NPR, July 9, 2014
by Michaeleen Doucleff

The total doses of antibiotics sold in clinics and pharmacies around the world rose 36 percent from 2000 to 2010, scientists reported Wednesday. The finding, published in The Lancet Infectious Disease, comes from the first…

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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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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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WHO urges ‘drastic action’ to combat Ebola in West Africa:

Al Jazeera America, June 26, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday called for "drastic action" to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, as it announced an 11-nation meeting to address the growing crisis. The…

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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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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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Silent kidney epidemic ravages Central America sugar belt:

Al Jazeera America, June 22, 2014
by Tim Gaynor

[...] The five men in Zapata's family are among tens of thousands cut down by a new form of chronic kidney disease striking like a scythe across the sweltering plains…

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Dementia is ‘one of greatest enemies of humanity’ - PM

BBC News, June 19, 2014

A "big, bold global push" is needed to beat dementia, David Cameron has told a summit in London. He pledged to accelerate progress on dementia drugs, by increasing funding and…

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Once again, U.S. has most expensive, least effective health care system in survey

Washington Post, June 16, 2014
by Lenny Bernstein

A report released Monday by a respected think tank ranks the United States dead last in the quality of its health-care system when compared with 10 other western, industrialized nations, the same…

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A Chinese Chemical Company And A ‘Bath Salts’ Epidemic

NPR, June 16, 2014
by Frank Langfitt

[...] Shanghai has a big, legitimate pharmaceutical industry. Power — who never actually ordered the mephedrone — says factories like Chang's branched out into recreational drugs in response to orders…

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EU’s top court may define obesity as a disability:

BBC, June 12, 2014

Denmark has asked the European Court of Justice to rule on the case of a male childminder who says he was sacked for being too fat. Karsten Kaltoft weighs about…

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More than 10,000 suicides attributed to Great Recession, study finds

Al Jazeera America, June 12, 2014
by Peter Moskowitz

The Great Recession is a story of numbers: rising unemployment rates, the widening gap between rich and poor, contracting GDP.  But a new study has added a figure that underscores…

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How A Lack Of Toilets Puts India’s Women At Risk Of Assault

NPR, June 9, 2014
by Julie McCarthy

A young girl sweeps fallen debris from a tempest that blew through her village of Katra Sahadatganj one recent evening. This remote spot in Uttar Pradesh — India's largest state…

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Police defend decision to arrest parents of obese boy on suspicion of neglect:

The Guardian, June 6, 2014
by Ben Quinn

A police force has defended its decision to arrest the parents of a 15 stone [210 pound] 11-year-old on suspicion of neglect for allowing their son to become obese. The un-named 49-year-old…

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Saudi Arabia reports big jump in MERS cases, including 282 deaths

CNN, June 4, 2014
by Greg Botelho and Hamdi Alkhshali

Saudi Arabia reported significantly more deaths from the MERS virus on Tuesday, the same day the country sacked one of its top health officials. The Saudi Ministry of Health reported…

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‘Millions denied end-of-life drugs’:

BBC News, June 2, 2014
by Tulip Mazumdar

Figures suggest almost 18 million people - mainly in developing countries - died in unnecessary pain in 2012. In Ethiopia, there are reports of cancer patients throwing themselves in front…

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A Cholera Vaccine Halts New Cases In A Guinea Epidemic

NPR, May 28, 2014
by Richard Knox

There's new evidence that an oral cholera vaccine might help stop an epidemic in its tracks. That's the encouraging message from a study that tested a two-dose vaccine during a…

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Pfizer Drops $119 Billion Bid For AstraZeneca

NPR, May 27, 2014
by Elizabeth Blair

It would have been the biggest deal the pharmaceutical industry has seen in more than a decade. But for now, it's off the table. Pfizer has withdrawn its offer to…

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Stem Cell Therapies:

Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, 2014
by Adam C. Berger, Sarah H. Beachy, and Steve Olson, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Stem cells offer tremendous promise for advancing health and medicine. Whether being used to replace damaged cells and organs or else by supporting the body's intrinsic repair mechanisms, stem cells…

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Uganda Nurse Is Jailed In HIV Transmission Case

NPR, May 19, 2014
by AP

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court on Monday sentenced a nurse to three years in jail after finding her guilty of criminal negligence for allegedly trying to infect her…

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FDA Dangles Golden Ticket To Spur Drugs For Neglected Diseases

NPR, May 16, 2014
by Scott Hensley

When the Food and Drug Administration gave the OK to a new treatment for a parasitic disease called leishmaniasis in late March, the Canadian company that owns the medicine got…

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Novartis, Sun Pharma settle dispute over generic Gleevec

Reuters, May 15, 2014

(Reuters) - Novartis (NOVN.VX) won a seven-month reprieve from generic competition to its blockbuster leukemia drug Gleevec after reaching a settlement on Thursday with Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd(SUN.NS). Competition from…

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Samsung pledges compensation for cancer sufferers

BBC News, May 14, 2014

Samsung says it will compensate chip factory workers who developed cancer while working for the firm. The company issued its first apology in a long-running dispute and withdrew from a…

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Coca-Cola to Remove an Ingredient Questioned by Consumers

New York Times, May 5, 2014
by Stephanie Strom

Coca-Cola is moving to eliminate an ingredient used in many of its citrus-flavored products after consumers expressed concerns. The company said on Monday that it was replacing brominated vegetable oil, which…

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The Comeback Of Polio Is A Public Health Emergency

NPR, May 5, 2014
by Jason Beaubien

It is, says the World Health Organization, "an extraordinary event." Polio is spreading to a degree that constitutes a public health emergency. The global drive to wipe out the virus…

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In $100 billion Astra Pfizer fight, R&D site marks political frontline

Reuters, May 1, 2014
by Ben Hirschler

In Pfizer's $100 billion (59.21 billion pounds) battle to win British drugmaker AstraZeneca, business and politics meet in a grassy field on the edge of the historic university city of Cambridge. This…

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WHO calls for urgent action to preserve power of antibiotics and make new ones:

The Guardian, April 30, 2014
by Sarah Boseley

Pneumonia will again become a feared killer, surgery risky and diarrhoea fatal if urgent action is not taken to preserve the power of currentantibiotics as well as develop new ones, the World…

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Reforming Brazilian Pharmaceutical Patent Policy:
Lessons from the Past and the Road for the Future

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall 1010
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

In this lecture by Pedro Paranaguá, he will discuss the report issued by the Brazilian House of Representatives in 2013…

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Dallas Buyers Club:
Free Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall 1010
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Students from across Harvard were invited to view a free screening of the Academy-award winning film Dallas Buyers Club and participate in…

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Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections

The Atlantic, April 14, 2014
by Olga Khazan

RECIFE, Brazil — When Ivana Borges learned she was pregnant, she told her obstetrician that she wanted a natural birth. Her mother had delivered five children without surgery or medication,…

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UK drug company Glaxo ‘paid bribes to Polish doctors’

BBC News, April 13, 2014

Eleven doctors and a GSK regional manager have been charged over alleged corruption between 2010 and 2012. A former sales rep said doctors were paid to promote GSK's asthma drug…

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European Union Debates Initiative on Embryo Protection

New York Times, April 10, 2014
by James Kanter

BRUSSELS — A packed hearing on a petition calling for the protection of human embryos led to a rare outbreak of raucous exchanges in the European Parliament on Thursday —…

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WHO Calls For High-Priced Drugs For Millions With Hepatitis C

NPR, April 9, 2014
by Richard Knox

Authors of the first-ever global guidelines for treating hepatitis C went big Tuesday, advocating for worldwide use of two of the most expensive specialty drugs in the world. The new guidelines from…

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Italian court overturns divisive ban on donor eggs, sperm

Reuters, April 9, 2014
by Naomi O'Leary

Italy's constitutional court overturned a ban on using donor sperm and eggs in fertility treatments on Wednesday, knocking down part of a divisive set of restrictions on assisted reproduction. The…

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Big pharma fights back from China scandal (reprint from Financial Times), April 3, 2014
by Andrew Ward and Patti Waldmeir

When Chinese authorities accused GlaxoSmithKline last summer of being the “godfather” at the centre of a network of corruption, big pharma braced for a prolonged period of turmoil in one…

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Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of Generic Drug Case

New York Times, March 31, 2014
by Andrew Pollack

As the world’s largest maker of generic drugs, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has been critical of brand-name manufacturers that try to block generic versions of their high-priced medicines. But Teva is…

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Child Euthanasia Law in Belgium First to End Age Limits

BloombergBusinessweek, March 26, 2014
by Andrea Gerlin

Stefaan van Gool has treated brain tumors in children for almost 20 years. None of his young patients has asked for help to die. The Belgian doctor is now bracing…

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Disputing Study, U.S. FDA Says Generics From Abroad Safe

Bloomberg News, March 25, 2014
by Anna Edney

A top U.S. regulator is discrediting research published a year ago that found impurities in dozens of generic heart drugs made overseas, saying the investigators contaminated the samples during their…

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Institution to discuss probe into STAP stem cell controversy

LA Times, March 13, 2014
by Monte Morin

It was hailed as a remarkable scientific breakthrough, one that could potentially revolutionize medicine by enabling the speedy production of highly versatile stem cells. Now, barely two months after scientists…

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Haitians launch new lawsuit against UN over thousands of cholera deaths:

The Guardian, March 11, 2014

The United Nations is facing a huge new lawsuit over the outbreak of cholera in Haiti that has widely been blamed on its peacekeepers, after 1,500 Haitian victims and their…

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China Cracks Down on DNA Testing

Forbes, March 3, 2014
by Shu-Ching Jean Chen

Genetic testing has grown to be a business big enough in China to warrant the government’s intervention. Early in February, the government quietly put the brakes on the provision of…

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The First Issue of Journal of Law and Biosciences Is Now Available!

Petrie-Flom Center, February 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the first issue of Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) is now available online. The articles are: Knoppers, Bartha M., Edward S. Dove, &…

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