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Massachusetts Attorney General Implicates Family Behind Purdue Pharma In Opioid Deaths

WBUR, January 16, 2019
by Christine Willmsen and Martha Bebinger

The Sackler family behind Purdue Pharma knew that its painkiller OxyContin was causing overdoses, yet continued to cash in as deaths mounted, the Massachusetts attorney general alleges in court documents… Read More

Tribes face food and medicine crisis as shutdown continues, lawmakers are told

Washington Post, January 15, 2019
by Darryl Fears

As the partial government shutdown drags on, Native American tribes in urban and rural areas are facing food shortages and a health care crisis because federal funds that stock pantries and provide medicine… Read More

Trump birth control coverage rules blocked nationwide

AP, January 14, 2019
by Marc Levy

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday put a nationwide hold on Trump administration rules that allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. U.S. District… Read More

How Chummy Are Junk Food Giants and China’s Health Officials?

New York Times, January 9, 2019
by Andrew Jacobs

Happy 10 Minutes, a Chinese government campaign that encouraged schoolchildren to exercise for 10 minutes a day, would seem a laudable step toward improving public health in a nation struggling with alarming… Read More

FDA employees think shutdown could be deadly

CNN, January 8, 2019
by Vanessa Yurkevich and Jen Christensen

With about 41% of the US Food and Drug Administration off the job due to the government shutdown, some agency employees worry about the safety and health of the American public. Agency operations "continue… Read More

Health Care Industry Spends $30B A Year Pushing Its Wares, From Drugs To Stem Cell Treatment

Kaiser Health News, January 8, 2019
by Liz Szabo

Hoping to earn its share of the $3.5 trillion health care market, the medical industry is pouring more money than ever into advertising its products — from high-priced prescriptions to… Read More

‘Left behind’

STAT, January 8, 2019
by Apoorva Mandavili, with photos by Michael Starghill Jr.

[...] Vergel, 59, attributes most of these conditions to his low CD4 count, a key marker of immune function in HIV-positive people. He is what’s known as an immunologic non-responder (INR) —… Read More

The Psychiatrist Can See Your Child Now, Virtually

Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2019
by Laura Landro

This article is behind a paywall. Harvard affiliates can access the full text via Hollis. [...] With a rising number of teens and adolescents suffering from depression and anxiety, and too few professionals… Read More

Prescription Drug Costs Driven By Manufacturer Price Hikes, Not Innovation

NPR, January 7, 2019
by Alison Kodjak

The skyrocketing cost of many prescription drugs in the U.S. can be blamed primarily on price increases, not expensive new therapies or improvements in existing medications as drug companies frequently… Read More

All seven of the FDA’s recent commissioners agree it should be independent

STAT, January 7, 2019
by Ike Swetlitz

WASHINGTON — Nearly every person who’s run the Food and Drug Administration in recent history agrees the agency should break free from its political supervisors — a rare consensus from… Read More

FDA Accuses Juul and Altria of Backing Off Plan to Stop Youth Vaping

New York Times, January 4, 2019
by Sheila Kaplan

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is accusing Juul and Altria of reneging on promises they made to the government to keep e-cigarettes away from minors. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the agency’s… Read More

How The Government Shutdown Affects Health Programs

Kaiser Health News, January 3, 2019
by Shefali Luthra

There seems to be no end in sight for the current partial government shutdown, the third since the beginning of the Trump administration. For the vast majority of the federal government’s public… Read More

With Senate votes, Trump gets a permanent drug czar — and his first science adviser

STAT, January 2, 2019
by Lev Facher

WASHINGTON — In the final hours of a lame-duck Congress, lawmakers on Wednesday confirmed the Trump administration’s nominees for science adviser and “drug czar,” following nearly… Read More

In Screening for Suicide Risk, Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role

New York Times, December 31, 2018
by Natasha Singer

[...] Police stations from Massachusetts to Mumbai have received similar alerts from Facebook over the last 18 months as part of what is most likely the world’s largest suicide threat screening… Read More

Affordable Care Act Can Stay In Effect While Under Appeal, Judge Says

NPR, December 31, 2018
by Emma Bowman

The federal judge in Texas who ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional earlier this month said that the law can remain in effect while under appeal. U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor… Read More

Conservative health care experiment leads to thousands losing coverage

Politico, December 30, 2018
by Rachana Pradhan

CABOT, Ark. — Arkansas is throwing thousands of people off its Medicaid rolls each month for not complying with work requirements, blindsiding vulnerable residents panicked about losing their health… Read More

In Rehab, ‘Two Warring Factions’: Abstinence vs. Medication

New York Times, December 29, 2018
by Abby Goodnough

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Just past a cemetery along a country road, an addiction treatment center called JourneyPure at the River draws hundreds of patients a month who are addicted to opioids and other… Read More

Legal weed is everywhere — unless you’re a scientist

Politico, December 25, 2018
by Sarah Owermohle

Americans can legally buy high quality marijuana in most states, but when scientists want to study pot in a lab, they’re basically stuck with schwag. A little-known research facility at the University… Read More

U.S. Surgeon General Calls For Aggressive Plans To Fight Youth Vaping In Rare Advisory

Kaiser Health News, December 19, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations As e-cigarrettes become more popular among teens and worries rise about a new generation that could become hooked… Read More

GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer to Merge Consumer Health Units

New York Times, December 19, 2018
by Jamie Condliffe

GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer plan to merge their consumer-health divisions in a joint venture that the companies said would be the world’s largest maker of over-the-counter products like pain relievers,… Read More

Set It and Forget It - How Better Contraception Could Be a Key to Reducing Poverty

New York Times, December 18, 2018
by Margot Sanger-Katz

When a woman of childbearing age goes to the doctor in most places, she gets standard queries about her smoking, drinking, seatbelt use and allergies. In Delaware, she is now also asked: “Do you… Read More

VA Still Arbitrarily Cutting Caregivers From Program, Even As It Aims To Expand

NPR, December 18, 2018
by Quil Lawrence

[...] The program was set up to support family members of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. They're mostly wives and mothers who receive a VA stipend to provide home health care that would otherwise cost… Read More

Appeals court blocks Trump birth control rules in five states

The Hill, December 13, 2018
by Jessie Hellmann

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday blocked Trump administration rules that would allow businesses to claim moral and religious exemptions to ObamaCare's contraception mandate.  The ruling only applies… Read More

Nearly 20 Percent Fewer New People Have Signed Up For Health Law Plans Than At This Time Last Year

Kaiser Health News, December 13, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Though there has been a surge in sign-ups over the past week as the Dec. 15 deadline closes in, overall, enrollment… Read More

N.I.H. to Scrutinize Private Donations to Scientific Research Projects

New York Times, December 13, 2018
by Roni Caryn Rabin

Six months after halting a study of moderate drinking that was underwritten by donations from the alcohol industry, the National Institutes of Health outlined a series of steps to prevent similar… Read More

Organ donors to be asked if they are religious

BBC News (UK), December 13, 2018

People who join the NHS's UK organ donation register are to be asked if they want their religious beliefs to be considered in the donation process. The question aims to reassure people that donation… Read More

Freeze on fetal tissue procurement may impede work at NIH cancer lab, agency says

STAT, December 12, 2018
by Ike Swetlitz

WASHINGTON — The National Institutes of Health freeze on fetal tissue procurement is threatening to hamper work at an agency lab conducting cancer research, the latest sign that a Trump administration… Read More

Health as a Human Right, Medicare for All, and the Evolution of the American Health Care Debate

Take Care Blog, December 11, 2018
by By Carmel Shachar (Executive Director), Alex Pearlman (Communications Manager) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: The United States famously does not have an explicit federal constitutional right to health. By contract, the “enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health”… Read More

Investigation of generic ‘cartel’ expands to 300 drugs

Washington Post, December 9, 2018
by Christopher Rowland

Executives at more than a dozen generic-drug companies had a form of shorthand to describe how they conducted business, insider lingo worked out over steak dinners, cocktail receptions and rounds of golf.… Read More

More Salt, Fewer Whole Grains

NPR, December 7, 2018
by Allison Aubrey

School lunches are healthier than they were five years ago. But Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says schools need more flexibility in serving meals that kids will eat. "If kids are not eating what is… Read More

Health Law Sign-Ups Down 11% From Last Year With Two Weeks Left In Open Enrollment

Kaiser Health News, December 7, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations In the first five weeks of the enrollment period, 3.2 million Americans signed up for health insurance coverage… Read More

Access to Personal Information for Public Health Research: Transparency Should Always Be Mandatory

Canadian Journal of Bioethics, December 7, 2018
by by Jean-Christophe Bélisle-Pipon (Visiting Researcher)

From the article: "In Québec, the Act Respecting Access to Documents Held by Public Bodies and the Protection of Personal Information provides an exception to transparency to most public… Read More

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER! Transparency in Health and Health Care in the United States

Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming June 2019
by Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Carmel Shachar, and Barbara J. Evans (eds.)

This edited volume stems from the Petrie-Flom Center’s 2017 annual conference, which brought together leading experts to reach better understandings of this health policy buzzword, recognizing… Read More

School-Based Counselors Help Kids Cope With Fallout From Drug Addiction

NPR, December 5, 2018
by Rachel Gotbaum

[...] The Nadeaus live on Cape Cod, which has some of the highest numbers of deaths due to opioid overdoses in Massachusetts. It's also where a growing number of schools are hiring treatment counselors… Read More

Now Mental Health Patients Can Specify Their Care Before Hallucinations and Voices Overwhelm Them

New York Times, December 3, 2018
by Pam Belluck

[...] He completed a psychiatric advance directive, a legal document declaring what treatment he does and doesn’t want. Increasingly, patients, advocates and doctors believe such directives (called… Read More

Feds Order More Weekend Inspections Of Nursing Homes To Catch Understaffing

Kaiser Health News, November 30, 2018
by Jordan Rau

The federal government announced plans Friday to crack down on nursing homes with abnormally low weekend staffing by requiring more surprise inspections be done on Saturdays and Sundays. The federal Centers… Read More

Overshadowed By Opioids, Meth Is Back And Hospitalizations Surge

Kaiser Health News, November 26, 2018
by Anna Gorman

The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug largely has been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids.… Read More

For Doctors Who Want To Provide Abortions, Employment Contracts Often Tie Their Hands

NPR, November 26, 2018
by Mara Gordon

Doctors who are opposed to abortions don't have to provide them. Since the 1970s, a series of federal rules have provided clinicians with "conscience protections" that help them keep their… Read More

FDA plans overhaul of decades-old medical device system

STAT, November 26, 2018
by Associated Press

WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials said Monday they plan to overhaul the nation’s decades-old system for approving most medical devices, which has long been criticized by experts for failing… Read More

Overdoses, bedsores, broken bones

Washington Post, November 25, 2018
by Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating

[...] Under the ownership of the Carlyle Group, one of the richest private-equity firms in the world, the ManorCare nursing-home chain struggled financially until it filed for bankruptcy in March.… Read More

Obamacare’s Looking So Good Insurers Are Fighting To Sell It

Forbes, November 19, 2018
by Bruce Japsen

News last week that Oscar Health filed a federal lawsuit accusing Florida Blue of a “monopoly” in selling individual health coverage under the Affordable Care Act is the latest signal… Read More

Midterm Results Show Health Is Important To Voters But No Magic Bullet

Kaiser Health News, November 7, 2018
by Julie Rovner

Health care proved important but apparently not pivotal in the 2018 midterm elections on Tuesday as voters gave Democrats control of the U.S. House, left Republicans in charge in the Senate and appeared… Read More

Tuesday’s big winner

Politico, November 7, 2018
by Rachana Pradhan and Alice Miranda Ollstein

Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is set to grow by about a half-million after voters in three deeply red states rebuked Republican leaders to approve ballot measures joining the program and Democrats… Read More

Mass. Voters Say ‘No’ To Nurse Staffing Ballot Question

WBUR (NPR Boston), November 7, 2018
by Martha Bebinger

Massachusetts voters have decided the state will not write nurse-to-patient ratios into law. A ballot question that would have set the maximum number of patients assigned to a nurse in hospitals at any… Read More

Poor Disaster Oversight Imperiled Nursing Homes, Senate Report Finds

New York Times, November 2, 2018
by Sheri Fink

A Senate inquiry faulted state and federal oversight for fatal heat strokes and chaotic evacuations at nursing homes after last year’s hurricanes, calling for tougher disaster preparedness standards… Read More

​State Ballot Initiatives

Kaiser Health News, October 22, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations A look at some of the measures that will be in front of voters in Georgia, Massachusetts and California. Read More

Conflicts of interest and the (in)dependence of experts advising government on immunization policies

Vaccine, October 22, 2018
by Jean-Christophe Bélisle-Pipon (Visiting Scholar), Louise Ringuette, Anne-Isabelle Cloutier, Victoria Doudenkova, and Bryn Williams-Jones

From the article: There has been increasing attention to financial conflicts of interest (COI) in public health research and policy making, with concerns that some decisions are not in the public interest.… Read More

Miscarrying at Work

New York Times, October 21, 2018
by Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Natalie Kitroeff

[...] Pregnancy discrimination is widespread in corporate America. Some employers deny expecting mothers promotions or pay raises; others fire them before they can take maternity leave. But for… Read More

‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration

New York Times, October 21, 2018
by Erica L. Green, Katie Benner, and Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide… Read More

As Billions In Tax Dollars Flow To Private Medicaid Plans, Who’s Minding The Store?

Kaiser Health News, October 19, 2018
by Chad Terhune

[...] The current political debate over Medicaid centers on putting patients to work so they can earn their government benefits. Yet some experts say the country would be better served by asking this question… Read More

Trump issues rule to require drug prices in TV ads, rejecting industry plan

Politico, October 15, 2018
by Sarah Karlin-Smith

The Trump administration on Monday moved to require drugmakers to disclose prices in consumer ads, just hours after branding a pharmaceutical industry transparency plan as inadequate. HHS said its proposed… Read More

Controversial former aide to Maine’s LePage to run Medicaid

Politico, October 15, 2018
by Dan Diamond and Brianna Ehley

The Trump administration has tapped Mary Mayhew — the architect of Maine's aggressive conservative reforms to the social safety net — to oversee the national Medicaid program. She has been… Read More

Senate Democrats fail to block Trump’s short-term health plans

Politico, October 10, 2018
by Adam Cancryn and Alice Miranda Ollstein

A long-shot bid to derail the Trump administration’s expansion of short-term health plans died in the Senate on Wednesday, even with Sen. Susan Collinsproviding the lone Republican vote for… Read More

A growing number of states consider legislation to treat pharma as a utility

STAT, October 10, 2018
by Ed Silverman

As prescription drug costs continue to frazzle Americans, lawmakers in several states are pushing to create commissions that would set prices that health plans, pharmacies, and state programs would pay… Read More

U.K. Appoints Minister for Suicide Prevention

New York Times, October 10, 2018
by Ceylan Yeginsu

LONDON — Months after appointing its first minister for loneliness, Britain named a minister for suicide prevention as part of a new push to tackle mental health issues. Prime Minister… Read More

DOJ Clears CVS-Aetna Deal Once Medicare Drug Plans Are Unloaded

Forbes, October 10, 2018
by Bruce Japsen

The U.S. Justice Department Wednesday agreed to allow CVS Health's acquisition of health insurance giant Aetna once Aetna's Medicare Part D prescription drug plan business for individuals… Read More

Addiction Treatment Gap Is Driving A Black Market For Suboxone

NPR, October 5, 2018
by Jake Harper

[...] Buprenorphine is one of just three federally approved medications to treat opioid addiction. It's an opioid itself, so some people misuse it — they snort or inject the medication to… Read More

Outbreak Week: How prepared are we for the next health crisis?

Harvard Law Today, October 5, 2018

From the article:  Outbreak Week, led by the Harvard Global Health Institute, was a unique multidisciplinary effort investigating and engaging with epidemic and pandemic preparedness in the 21st century.… Read More

FDA Carts Away Thousands Of Documents After Surprise Inspection Of Juul Headquarters

Kaiser Health News, October 3, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Juul has come under fire recently as more and more young people turn to e-cigarettes as an alternative to traditional… Read More

Medicare Eases Readmission Penalties Against Safety-Net Hospitals

Kaiser Health News, September 26, 2018
by Jordan Rau

On orders from Congress, Medicare is easing up on its annual readmission penalties on hundreds of hospitals serving the most low-income residents, records released last week show. Medicare is penalizing… Read More

E.P.A. Places the Head of Its Office of Children’s Health on Leave

New York Times, September 26, 2018
by Coral Davenport and Roni Caryn Rabin

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday placed the head of its Office of Children’s Health Protection on administrative leave, in an unusual move that several observers… Read More

Pharma Dealt A Disappointment Over ‘Doughnut Hole’ Change As Lawmakers Reach Agreement On Opioid Pac

Kaiser Health News, September 26, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Negotiators for the House and Senate smoothed out the differences between their two versions on the massive… Read More

Parents Are Leery Of Schools Requiring ‘Mental Health’ Disclosures By Students

WUSF (NPR), September 21, 2018
by Julio Ochoa

Children registering for school in Florida this year were asked to reveal some history about their mental health. The new requirement is part of a law rushed through the state legislature after the February shooting… Read More

States ‘On Front Lines’ Of Opioid Crisis Get $1 Billion In Grants From Trump Administration

Kaiser Health News, September 20, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The vast majority of the funding was approved by Congress earlier this year as part of a budget bill. “Addressing… Read More

Scientists Make A Smartphone App Test That Diagnoses Urinary Tract Infections In One Hour

Forbes, September 20, 2018
by Judy Stone

A new smartphone app and and lab kit can identify urinary tract infections (UTI) in an hour, with remarkable detail. The app, from UCSB researcher Michael Mahan's and Stanford’s Tom Soh’s… Read More

Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong

HuffPo, September 19, 2018
by Michael Hobbs. Images by Finlay MacKay

[...] For 60 years, doctors and researchers have known two things that could have improved, or even saved, millions of lives. The first is that diets do not work. Not just paleo or Atkins or Weight Watchers… Read More

Smart pills can transmit data to your doctors, but what about privacy?

New Scientist, September 19, 2018
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Alex Pearlman (Communications Manager)

From the article:  Abilify MyCite, a pill-app combination that can be used to track the ingestion of drugs for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, was the first such product approved by the US Food… Read More

Trump puts HHS in charge of defense against biological threats

Politico, September 18, 2018
by Sarah Owermohle

President Donald Trump Tuesday morning issued a national biodefense strategythat repeals Bush and Obama administration policies and installs an HHS-led committee to survey gaps in responding to biological… Read More

Industry, Advocacy Groups Sue Administration Over Short-Term Plans

Kaiser Health News, September 17, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The plans will have much lower premiums than health law-compliant ones because they can turn away customers… Read More

Watchdog slams safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs

AP News, September 17, 2018
by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of foster children may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, says a federal watchdog agency that found a failure to care for… Read More

Gottlieb pitches ‘subscriptions’ to incentivize pharma to make new antibiotics

STAT, September 14, 2018
by Ike Swetlitz

ASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is talking with other federal agencies and even the private Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation about new ways to encourage drug makers to develop more antibiotics,… Read More

How the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention responds to a hurricane like Florence

LA Times, September 14, 2018
by Melissa Healy

For all the political chatter about the human toll of hurricanes, one lesson of past monster storms is clear and increasingly urgent: Hurricanes claim lives and erode health before, during and after the… Read More

A Setback For Massachusetts In States’ Drive To Contain Medicaid Drug Spending

NPR Shots/WBUR, September 12, 2018
by Martha Bebinger, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article:  States serve as "laboratories of democracy," as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously said. And states are also labs for health policy, launching all kinds of experiments… Read More

New Medicare Advantage Tool To Control Drug Prices Could Narrow Choices

NPR, September 13, 2018
by Susan Jaffe

Starting next year, Medicare Advantage plans will be able to add restrictions on expensive, injectable drugs administered by doctors to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, macular degeneration and other… Read More

Are Fraud and Abuse Laws Stifling Value-Based Care?

NEJM Catalyst , September 12, 2018
by Carmel Shachar (Executive Director)

From the article:  While health care delivery and financing should not be a free-for-all, designing the exemptions to explicitly conform to specific regulatory programs does not best serve the system.… Read More

Petrie-Flom Welcomes 2018-2019 Student Fellows

Petrie-Flom Center, September 10, 2018

We are so excited to welcome a new crop of Student Fellows to the Petrie-Flom Center family. These six students are a fantastic cohort of health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics scholars who join… Read More

Viewpoint: Promoting Patient Interests in Implementing the Federal Right to Try Act

JAMA, August 13, 2018
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (former Executive Director and Academic Fellow Alumna), Patricia J. Zettler, Ameet Sarpatwari

Former Executive Director and Academic Fellow Alumna Holly Fernandez Lynch has co-authored an opinion piece on the federal Right to Try Act of 2017. From the article: On May 30, 2018, President Trump signed… Read More

Legal Research Associate at the Center for Public Health Law Research
Temple University

Deadline: August 31, 2018

Description The Policy Surveillance Program (Program) is a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to increase the use of effective regulatory, legal, and policy solutions to improve… Read More

The Health 202: This mother’s tweet about drug prices went viral. Trump’s plans are unlikely to help

Washington Post, July 24, 2018
by by Colby Itkowitz, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: “It’s going to take a lot of time and there's a lot of hurdles in the way, but that’s not what you want to explain when you want to show how you’re lowering… Read More

Climate Change and Health Online Certificate Program
Yale School of Public Health

Deadline: August 01, 2018

General Description The Yale School of Public Health's Climate Change and Health Certificate will prepare public health professionals and those in related fields to address the adverse health impacts… Read More

IRB Oversight of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: A National Survey of IRB Chairpersons

Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, June 14, 2018
by Joel S. Weissman, Eric G. Campbell, I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, Emily A. Largent, Avni Gupta, Ronen Rozenblum, Melissa Abraham, Karen Spike

From the abstract:  Patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) is becoming increasingly common. However, there is little evidence regarding what novel ethical challenges, if any, are posed by PCOR… Read More

On the Human Right to Health

Human Rights, Democracy, and Legitimacy in a World of Disorder , 2018
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has written a chapter in the fortchoming book "Human Rights, Democracy, and Legitimacy in a World of Disorder," (Cambridge University Press, edited by Silja… Read More

Criticism of ‘right to try’ law for experimental drugs after it passes in US

Chemistry World, June 5, 2018
by Anthony King, quoting Jonathan J. Darrow (Student Fellow Alumnus)

From the article:  The US government has controversially announced that it will allow unapproved, experimental drugs to be given to terminally ill patients. The ‘right to try’ law passed… Read More

HIPAA and Protecting Health Information in the 21st Century

JAMA, May 24, 2018
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Michelle M. Mello

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new opinion piece in JAMA that addresses the adequacy of HIPAA in protecting electronic health data in light of the launch of the Trump administration's… Read More

What If The NFL Were Regulated By OSHA?

Deadspin, May 22, 2018
by Nicole Wetsman, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the Article: Last month, 253 men got new jobs. The process was highly publicized, and employers announced new hires to an audience of millions on live television. It’s likely that no one in… Read More

ALS patients losing time and hope as they wait for insurers to cover a pricey new drug

STAT, May 21, 2018
by Ed Silverman, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: For the past two years, Sarah Benoit has been getting around with the help of a walker, waiting for a medicine that’s out of reach. Benoit, a former congressional aide, has ALS,… Read More

Center for Public Health Law Research Fellow
Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University

Deadline: Open until filled.

General Description The Center for Public Health Law Research (CPHLR) supports the widespread adoption of scientific tools and methods for mapping and evaluating the impact of law on health. The Center… Read More

Circumvention Medical Tourism and Cutting Edge Medicine

Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, May 12, 2018
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: “Medical Tourism” is the travel of patients from a home country to a destination country for the primary purpose of receiving health care. “Circumvention Tourism”… Read More

Do NFL Safety Concerns Mean Regulators Should Get in the Game?

Bloomberg Environment, April 26, 2018
by Fatima Hussein, featuring report by the Law and Ethics Initiative of the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University

From the article: Concussions involving NFL players have been an increasing worry. Now a debate has resurfaced about whether federal safety regulators should be able to fine teams found guilty of inflicting… Read More

CRIT Litigation & Policy Associate
Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency, Yale Law School

Deadline: Open Until Filled

CRIT Litigation & Policy Associate The Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) is hiring a litigation and policy associate to start July 1, 2018. The associate will handle litigation… Read More

Chief Executive Officer, Changelab Solutions
Oakland, California

Deadline: Open Until Filled

General Description: ChangeLab Solutions, a leading national organization that helps to create healthier communities for all through innovative laws and policies, seeks a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).… Read More

Planned Parenthood sues Trump administration over federal funding

The Washington Times, May 2, 2018
by Alex Swoyer, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Three Planned Parenthood affiliates sued Wednesday to demand taxpayer money keep flowing to the country’s largest abortion network, saying a new Trump administration policy… Read More

Valuations of Life: Birth defects, prenatal diagnoses, and disability
Uppsala University, Sweden

Deadline: June 01, 2018

General Description: Definitions of what counts as a valuable life implicitly and explicitly saturate both historical and contemporary narratives about birth defects, prenatal diagnoses, and disability.… 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

Addressing Financial Barriers to Enrollment in Clinical Trials

JAMA Oncology, April 19, 2018
by Emily A. Largent and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director)

From the article: Shortfalls in clinical trial recruitment and retention constitute a major obstacle to scientific advancement. One means of increasing patient participation rates is to reduce associated… 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


La Presse, April 19, 2018
by Marie-Claude Malboeuf, Suit brought by Jean-Christophe Belisle Pipon (Visiting Researcher)

From the article: Pharmaceutical companies doing business with the government will no longer be able to hide how much money they are getting to provide vaccines. This is what the Commission for Access… Read More

Utah’s quixotic Medicaid expansion plan, explained

Vox, April 2, 2018
by Dylan Scott, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Utah wants to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Kind of. The state legislature has passed and Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill that would partially expand… Read More

Healthcare Accreditation Driving Patient Excellence in Europe

by Medical Tourism Magazine, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: In the business of medical travel, quality drives the market and the quality of healthcare a hospital or healthcare organization provides is often validated by its accreditation status.… 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

Can Lost Embryos Give Rise to a Wrongful-Death Suit?

The Atlantic , April 5, 2018
by Sara Zhang, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Over a single weekend in March, an unprecedented disaster hit fertility clinics—twice. First came the news that the University Hospitals Fertility Center in Ohio, lost more… Read More

The Work of the Supreme Court

Hosted by the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, April 11, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: A Harvard ID is required in order to attend this event.  Harvard affiliates: RSVP now! Read More

Researchers highlight the need to reconsider mitochondrial replacement moratorium

News Medical Life Sciences, March 28, 2018
by News Medical Life Sciences, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Mothers with mitochondrial DNA mutations often give birth to children who face incurable and fatal illnesses. But a much-studied form of mitochondrial replacement (MR) could prevent the… Read More

Medical Tourism: Once Ready for Takeoff, Now Stuck at the Gate

Managed Care, March 28, 2018
by Richard Mark Kirkner, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Consultants predicted it would be a major business. Large employers and insurers were experimenting with it. But medical tourism has not lived up to the heady expectations. The ACA and… Read More

Program Director: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Harvard University

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Duties & Responsibilities The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (SPH), a global leader in public health research and education, is looking for a Program Director for its Center for Health and… Read More

Prevalence of Publicly Available Expanded Access Policies

Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, March 23, 2018
by Emily Jung (Petrie-Flom Student Intern), Patricia J. Zettler, Aaron S. Kesselheim

From the Article: The Food and Drug Administration's expanded access program allows patients with serious or immediately life‐threatening conditions to seek access to experimental drugs and treatments… 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

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

Nicotine and Ethics: 2018 Brocher Summer Academy in Population-level Bioethics
Brocher Foundation, Hermance, Switzerland

Deadline: March 31, 2018

General Description: The Brocher Foundation invites junior faculty, post-docs, advanced graduate students, clinicians and other practitioners to apply for inclusion in the 2018 Brocher Summer Academy in… Read More

Risk and Resilience in Health Data Infrastructure

Colorado Technology Law Journal, Volume 16, Issue 1 (2017)
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

From the journal article: Today’s health system runs on data. However, for a system that generates and requires so much data, the health care system is surprisingly bad at maintaining, connecting,… Read More

Early-career researchers’ views on ethical dimensions of patient engagement in research

BMC Medical Ethics BMC series, 2018 19:21
by Jean-Christophe Bélisle-Pipon (Visiting Researcher) Geneviève Rouleau and Stanislav Birko

From the Article: Increasing attention and efforts are being put towards engaging patients in health research, and some have even argued that patient engagement in research (PER) is an ethical imperative.… Read More

Preventing Mitochondrial Disease

Obstetrics & Gynecology, March 2018 - Volume 131 - Issue 3
by Eli Y. Adashi and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract: In a possible first, the heritable transmission of a fatal mitochondrial DNA disease (Leigh syndrome) may have been prevented by replacing the mutation-bearing mitochondria of oocytes with donated… Read More

Healthy People Health Policy Fellowship
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Deadline: February 24, 2018

Description A fellowship is available in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office of the Secretary (OS), at the… Read More

Harvard Clinical Bioethics Course
Center for Bioethics Harvard Medical School

Deadline: Open Registration

Course Description This intensive course is designed for members of ethics committees and others interested in ethical aspects of clinical practice. The target audience are physicians, ethics consultants,… Read More

CSPC 2018: Building Bridges Between Science, Policy, and Society
Canadian Science Policy Centre

Deadline: April 23, 2018

Overview The Canadian Science Policy Centre announces the call for panel proposals for the 10th Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) to be held in Ottawa, Ontario, on November… 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

Reforming Biopharmaceutical Pricing at Home and Abroad

Executive Office of the President of the United States, February 2018
by The Council of Economic Advisers, citing work by Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The affordability of healthcare and biopharmaceutical drugs is a top concern for Americans. It is often asserted that promoting innovation and affordable drugs are conflicting goals.… 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

Hundreds sign on to letter opposing ‘right to try’ drug bill

The Hill , February 5, 2018
by Rachel Roubein, reporting on Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director and Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the Article:  Several hundred "right to try" critics sent a letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders expressing their “strong opposition” to the bill President… 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

Analyst in Health Policy
Congressional Research Service (CRS), Domestic Social Policy Division

Deadline: March 02, 2018

Summary The Congressional Research Service (CRS), Domestic Social Policy Division is seeking an Analyst in Health Policy to work on issues related to biomedical and health services policy. A general understanding… Read More

Public Health Analyst
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Deadline: February 24, 2018

General Description The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations,… Read More

Research and Communications Associate
Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

Deadline: This position has been filled.

Duties & Responsibilities Reporting to the Petrie-Flom Center’s Administrative Director and working closely with the Center’s Executive Director, Faculty Director, and other staff, the… 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

The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 — Implications for FDA Regulation and Public Health

NEJM, February 1, 2018
by Jonathan J. Darrow (Student Fellow Alumnus), Erin C. Fuse Brown, and Aaron S. Kesselheim

From the article: In the past year, federal health policy has been characterized by pervasive uncertainty, but a consistent theme from the Trump administration and some prominent legislators has been opposition… Read More

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

STAT News, 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

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

A New Approach to Treat Childhood Leukemia: Novartis’ CAR-T Therapy

The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, January 10, 2018
by Frazer A. Tessema and Jonathan J. Darrow (Student Fellow Alumnus)

From the article: On August 30, 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah; CTL019), Novartis' new treatment for B-cell acute lymphoblastic… Read More

Federal Right-to-Try Legislation — Threatening the FDA’s Public Health Mission

NEJM, January 10, 2018
by Steven Joffe and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Academic Fellow Alumna and former Executive Director)

From the article: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the gatekeeper of the country’s drugs and medical devices. Originally created to prevent the misleading of patients, it was later tasked… Read More

India’s Hospitals Are Filling Up With Desperate Americans

Foreign Policy, January 2, 2018
by Daniel Block, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  Medical tourism thus presents both opportunities and risks. At its best, the industry can help India grow its health care system, using the revenues generated from international… Read More

Full Professor for Quantitative Methods in Public Health and Health Services Research
UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Tirol, Austria

Deadline: January 31, 2018

General Description: UMIT - University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology is an accredited private university owned by the Federal State of Tyrol and the University of Innsbruck with… 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

Call for Papers on the History of Public Health
Public Health Reports

Deadline: Various

Call for Papers on the History of Public Health: Celebrating the 140th Anniversary of the Journal, Public Health Reports Public Health Reports (PHR) invites submitted articles on the general topic of the… Read More

Research Fellow
Center for Public Health Law, Temple University

Deadline: Open until filled (rolling admissions)

The Center for Public Health Law Research (CPHLR) supports the widespread adoption of scientific tools and methods for mapping and evaluating the impact of law on health. The Center works by developing… Read More

NOW AVAILABLE! Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics

Cambridge University Press, March 2018
by Edited by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (former Executive Director), Urs Gasser, and Effy Vayena

This edited volume stems from the Petrie-Flom Center’s 2016 annual conference, which brought together leading experts to identify the various ways in which law and ethics intersect with… Read More

Desperate Quest For Herpes Cure Launched ‘Rogue’ Trial

Kaiser Health News, October 19, 2017
by Marisa Taylor, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director, Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: As 20 Americans and Brits flew to a Caribbean island for a controversial herpes vaccine trial, many of them knew there were risks. The lead U.S. researcher, William Halford, openly acknowledged… Read More

Contraceptive Coverage and the Balance Between Conscience and Access

JAMA, October 19, 2017
by Ronit Y. Stahl and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director, Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: When the Obama administration included contraception in the essential benefits package to be covered by employer-sponsored health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, it sought… Read More

Call for Abstracts: Public Health Law Conference 2018
The Network for Public Health Law, American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics

Deadline: December 15, 2017

We are accepting abstracts for proposed panels and individual presentations for the 2018 National Public Health Law Conference. We encourage submission of abstracts related to this year's Conference… Read More

Letter to Allergan plc

The House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, October 3, 2017
by By Trey Gowdy, Elijah E. Cummings, Dennis A. Ross, and Peter Welch, citing blog post by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the letter: On September 8, 2017, your company announced the trans r of six patents related to its Restasis drug to the Saint Regis Mohawk tribe. 1 The unconventional maneuver has received considerable… Read More

Bioinformatics and Data Science for Public Health
Silent Spring Institute

Deadline: Open until filled.

General Description: Silent Spring Institute seeks a versatile bioinformatician, data scientist, machine learning expert, or statistician to tackle big data problems in environmental health and cancer… Read More

How Gene Cloning In Pigs Could Help Humans Fight Disease

Greater Boston (WGBH, Boston), August 15, 2017
by Jim Braude, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

For the next great medical advancement, look not to the test tube, but to the farm. Experiments that were done here in Boston could make it possible to one-day transplant organs from pics into people.… 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

Petrie-Flom Welcomes New Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience!

Petrie-Flom Center, July 21, 2017

We’re excited to announce our 2017–2018 Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience, Francis X. Shen! Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience The Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience,… Read More

Public Health Fellowship in Government
American Public Health Association

Deadline: August 14, 2017

The Fellowship in Government provides a unique public policy learning experience, demonstrates the value of science-government interaction and enhances public health science and practical knowledge in… Read More

Katherine Kraschel Joins Solomon Center as New Executive Director

Yale Law School, July 7, 2017

From the article: “I am delighted to welcome Katie to the Solomon Center,” said Professor Abbe R. Gluck ’00, Faculty Director for the Solomon Center. “Having worked with her for… Read More

FDA to Speed Review of Generic Drug Applications Until It’s Approved Three of Them

STAT News, June 27, 2017
by Rebecca Robins, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday moved to try to spur more competition in the market for generic drugs, an effort aimed at driving down prices. In a policy change,… Read More

The Case for Giving Health-Care Consumers a ‘Nudge’

Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2017
by Lisa Ward, interviewing Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

The Case for Giving Health-Care Consumers a ‘Nudge:’ A law professor argues that people will make better choices if they’re asked the right way For example, some states encourage child… Read More

Panel: Weighing the Risks of Randomized Controlled Trials and Alternatives

The New York Academy of Sciences, June 21, 2017
by Panel featuring Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Amrit Ray, Matthew Rotelli, Steve Usdin, and Robert Walker

On June 21, 2017, Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch participated in a panel discussion on "Weighing the Risks of Randomized Controlled Trials and Alternatives," which was part of the conference… Read More

This Pharma Company Won’t Commit to Fairly Pricing a Zika Vaccine You Helped Pay For

The Huffington Post, June 9, 2017
by Alexander C. Kaufman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: “The incentives for any one company to raise its prices or engage in questionable conduct are quite high, while the incentives for the industry as a whole to corral and police its… Read More