Nursing homes routinely refuse people on addiction treatment — which some experts say is illegal

STAT, April 17, 2018
by Allison Bond

Nursing facilities routinely turn away patients seeking post-hospital care if they are taking medicine to treat opioid addiction, a practice that legal experts say violates the Americans with Disabilities… Read More

Drug Test Spurs Frank Talk Between Hypertension Patients And Doctors

NPR, April 16, 2018
by Blake Farmer

[...] Research shows roughly half of patients don't take their high blood pressure medicine as they should, even though heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. For… Read More

How Profiteers Lure Women Into Often-Unneeded Surgery

New York Times, April 14, 2018
by Matthew Goldstein and Jessica Silver-Greenberg

[...] Just like that, she had stumbled into a growing industry that makes money by coaxing women into having surgery — sometimes unnecessarily — so that they are more lucrative plaintiffs in… Read More

Canada To Measure Marijuana Use By Testing Sewage

NPR, April 13, 2018
by Menaka Wilhelm

[...] Statistics Canada has already begun testing sewage for signs of drugs. Canada joins several countries in Europe that sample wastewater for drugs annually. New Zealand has been collecting data from… Read More

The Clinical Trial Is Open. The Elderly Need Not Apply.

New York Times, April 13, 2018
by Paula Span

[...] Geriatricians have complained for years that figuring out treatments for their patients becomes dramatically more difficult when older people are excluded from clinical trials and other… Read More

FDA Launches Criminal Investigation Into Unauthorized Herpes Vaccine Research

Kaiser Health News, April 12, 2018
by Marisa Taylor

The Food and Drug Administration has launched a criminal investigation into research by a Southern Illinois University professor who injected people with his unauthorized herpes vaccine, Kaiser Health… 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

Administration Relaxes Essential Benefits Regulations, Creates New Mandate Exemptions

Kaiser Health News, April 10, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Overall, the Trump administration's rules addressing the standards for insurers planning to participate… 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

Michigan Will No Longer Provide Free Bottled Water to Flint

New York Times, April 8, 2018
by Jacey Fortin

Michigan will stop providing free bottled water to the city of Flint, Gov. Rick Snyder said on Friday. City officials criticized the decision, in part because Flint is still recovering from a crisis that… Read More

The Disappearing Doctor

New York Times, April 7, 2018
by Reed Abelson and Julie Creswell

[...] The new deals involving major corporations loom over doctors’ livelihoods, intensifying pressure on small practices and pushing them closer to extinction. The latest involves Walmart and… Read More

Medical Marijuana’s ‘Catch-22’

NPR, April 7, 2018
by Marisa Taylor and Melissa Bailey

[...] Although 29 states have legalized marijuana to treat pain and other ailments, the growing number of Americans like Owen who use marijuana and the doctors who treat them are caught in the middle of… Read More

Patient Advocacy Groups Take In Millions From Drugmakers. Is There A Payback?

Kaiser Health News, April 6, 2018
by Emily Kopp, Sydney Lupkin, and Elizabeth Lucas

​Pharmaceutical companies gave at least $116 million to patient advocacy groups in a single year, reveals a new database logging 12,000 donations from large publicly traded drugmakers to… Read More

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Drug That Stops Opioid Overdoses

New York Times, April 5, 2018
by Abby Goodnough

WASHINGTON — The United States Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome M. Adams, issued a national advisory Thursday urging more Americans to keep on hand and learn how to use the drug naloxone,… 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

Time’s Running Out For Many Frail, Older People In Puerto Rico

NPR, March 30, 2018
by Sarah Varney

[...] Six months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and its economy, the daily indignities are piling up, especially for people who are frail or elderly. Many are finding their current economic… Read More

Trump’s Physician Tapped To Lead VA After President Dismisses Shulkin Following Weeks Of Controversy

Kaiser Health News, March 29, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations While Dr. Ronny Jackson has been praised for his work as a physician, critics call into question his lack of… 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

FDA Commissioner Says Enforcement Power Could Be Used In Right-To-Try, E-Cigarettes

Forbes, March 28, 2018
by Matthew Herper and Ellie Kincaid

The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration has a single answer to many of the challenges the FDA is likely to face: enforcement. Speaking at the CNBC Healthy Returns conference, FDA commissioner… 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

Medicare Is Cracking Down on Opioids. Doctors Fear Pain Patients Will Suffer.

New York Times, March 27, 2018
by Jan Hoffman

Medicare officials thought they had finally figured out how to do their part to fix the troubling problem of opioids being overprescribed to the old and disabled: In 2016, a staggering one in three… Read More

How ‘Bad Medicine’ Dismisses And Misdiagnoses Women’s Symptoms

NPR, March 27, 2018
by Terry Gross, interviewing Maya Dusenbery

[...] Dusenbery says these experiences fit into a larger pattern of gender bias in medicine. Her new book, Doing Harm, makes the case that women's symptoms are often dismissed and misdiagnosed… 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

Birth Control Apps Find A Big Market In ‘Contraception Deserts’

NPR, March 26, 2018
by Lesley McClurg and Ashley Lopez

[...] Women using these services in cities say they like the speed and no-hassle privacy they get by making a purchase through the app. And in some rural areas where women's health clinics are few… Read More

Spending Bill Lets CDC Study Gun Violence; But Researchers Are Skeptical It Will Help

NPR, March 23, 2018
by Nell Greenfieldboyce

Government health agencies have spent more than two decades shying away from gun violence research, but some say the new spending bill, signed by President Trump on Friday, will change that. That is because,… Read More

Prominent AIDS Researcher Named As CDC Chief Despite Concerns Over Misconduct Investigation

Kaiser Health News, March 22, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Dr. Robert Redfield "has dedicated his entire life to promoting public health and providing compassionate care… Read More

Medical Research, Drug Treatment And Mental Health Are Winners In New Budget Bill

NPR, March 22, 2018
by Alison Kodjak

The big budget deal reached this week in the House doesn't include a long-sought-after provision to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. But the $1.3 billion plan, set to fund the government… Read More

The Struggle to Build a Massive ‘Biobank’ of Patient Data

New York Times, March 19, 2018
by Gina Kolata

[...] If all goes well, experts say, the result will be a trove of health information like nothing the world has seen. The project, called the All of Us Research Program, should provide new insights… 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

FDA Takes ‘Historic First Step’ Toward Cutting Nicotine In Cigarettes To Non-Addictive Levels

Kaiser Health News, March 16, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The move garnered praise from anti-smoking advocates. “There is no other single action our country can… Read More

Trump’s Plan To Combat Opioid Crisis Includes Death Penalty For Drug Dealers

Kaiser Health News, March 16, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The White House's most concrete proposal yet to address the national drug epidemic comes after complaints… Read More

Abortion, free speech collide in Supreme Court dispute

ABC News, March 16, 2018
by Mark Sherman, Associated Press

Even as it advertises "free pregnancy services" and promises in signs on its door and inside to discuss all options with pregnant women, Informed Choices exists to steer women away from abortion. The state… 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

Congress Races The Clock In Quest To Bring Stability To Individual Insurance Market

Kaiser Health News, March 2, 2018
by Julie Rovner

[...] The lawmakers are up against not just the legislative clock, but also the insurance companies’ timeline. Insurers have until summer to decide if they want to continue to sell policies… Read More

U.S. Seeks Time to Consider Joining Opioid Litigation

New York Times, March 2, 2018
by Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors to give it 30 days to decide whether to participate in the… Read More

Big Pharma, Big Data

New York Times, March 1, 2018
by Reuters

LONDON — Drugmakers are racing to scoop up patient health records and strike deals with technology companies as big data analytics start to unlock a trove of information about how medicines perform… Read More

Senators Push For Leadership At Indian Health Service

NPR, March 1, 2018
by Eric Whitney

[...] The Trump administration hasn't named a new nominee to lead IHS, which has been without a permanent leader since 2015. Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs… Read More

States Seek More Federal Funding For Opioid Treatment, Not More Promises

NPR, March 1, 2018
by John Daley, CPR News and Jackie Fortier, StateImpact Oklahoma

[...] "Very thinly financed, small rural providers are probably at risk of going out of business entirely — up to and including rural hospitals," he says. Getting treatment providers to open… Read More

In Wake Of Florida Mass Shooting, States Stepping Up To Take Gun Control Into Their Own Hands

Kaiser Health News, February 23, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Four East Coast states are forming a coalition to better promote and foster gun safety, while other states mull… Read More

U.K. Moves Toward Making Adults Presumed Organ Donors

New York Times, February 23, 2018
by Richard Perez-Pena

LONDON — Britain took a crucial step on Friday toward making all adults presumed organ donors unless they say otherwise, which would add the country to a growing list of those that have adopted the… 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

Urgent Care Industry Hits $18 Billion As Big Players Drive Growth

Forbes, February 23, 2018
by Bruce Japsen

[...] By any measure, urgent care is becoming an increasingly popular form of healthcare delivery with even more players expected to enter the business. Urgent care is similar to retail health clinics… Read More

A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies

ProPublica, February 22, 2018
by Nina Martin

In Great Britain, midwives deliver half of all babies, including Kate Middleton’s first two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. In Sweden, Norway and France, midwives oversee… 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 Administration Wants To Let Insurers Offer Plans With Fewer Benefits

NPR, February 20, 2018
by Alison Kodjak

The Trump administration wants to allow insurance companies to offer more policies that have limited health benefits and that can reject customers if they have pre-existing medical conditions. Health and… Read More

HHS Chief Wants CDC To Conduct Gun Research, Waving Off Congressional Restrictions

Kaiser Health News, February 16, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations "We believe we've got a very important mission with our work with serious mental illness as well as our… Read More

Trump Promises To Tackle ‘Difficult Issue Of Mental Health’ Following Shooting

Kaiser Health News, February 16, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations As national focus turns to mental health after the mass shooting in Florida, advocates warn against making assumptions… Read More

U.K. Supermarkets To Ban Energy Drinks For Shoppers Under 16

NPR, February 16, 2018
by Menaka Wilhelm

Next month, several chain supermarkets in the U.K. will stop selling energy drinks to customers under 16. Anyone looking to buy a soft drink with more than 150 mg of caffeine per liter — a limit… Read More

Transgender Woman Breast-Feeds Baby After Hospital Induces Lactation

New York Times, February 15, 2018
by Ceylan Yeginsu

When a transgender woman told doctors at a hospital in New York that she wanted to breast-feed her pregnant partner’s baby, they put her on a regimen of drugs that included an anti-nausea medication… Read More

Trump Administration Sued Over Ending Funding Of Teen Pregnancy Programs

NPR, February 15, 2018
by Alison Kodjak

[...] come July, LiFT will be gone. The Trump administration cut off the grant funding for it when the Department of Health and Human Services eliminated the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. LiFT is… 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

Concussions Can Be Detected With New Blood Test Approved by F.D.A.

New York Times, February 14, 2018
by Sheila Kaplan and Ken Belson

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a long-awaited blood test to detect concussions in people and more quickly identify those with possible brain injuries. The test, called… Read More

Idaho Blue Cross Jumps Into Controversial Market For Plans That Bypass ACA Rules

Kaiser Health News, February 14, 2018
by Julie Appleby

That didn’t take long. It’s barely been two weeks since Idaho regulators said they would allow the sale of health insurance that does not meet all of the Affordable Care Act’s requirements… 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

Budget Deal Stuffed Full Of Health Provisions

Kaiser Health News, February 9, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations In the early hours of Friday morning the House passed a spending deal to very quickly reverse a government shutdown… Read More

Upsurge Of Suburban Poor Discover Health Care’s Nowhere Land

Kaiser Health News, February 9, 2018
by Elaine Korry

[...] Suburbs in the United States, often perceived as enclaves of the affluent, are home to nearly 17 million Americans who live in poverty — more than in cities or rural areas —… Read More

ObamaCare enrollment tells tale of two systems

The Hill, February 8, 2018
by Jessie Hellman

Most states that operate their own ObamaCare exchanges saw more people sign up in 2018 than last year, while 29 of the 34 states that rely on the federal government to promote enrollment saw their sign-ups… Read More

Trump Says He Will Focus On Opioid Law Enforcement, Not Treatment

NPR, February 7, 2018
by Greg Allen

More than three months after President Trump declared the nation's opioid crisis a public health emergency, activists and health care providers say they're still waiting for some other action.… Read More

Alabama Targets OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma In Opioid Suit Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email

NPR, February 7, 2018
by Samantha Raphaelson

Alabama filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday against OxyContin producer Purdue Pharma LP claiming the drug company is fueling the opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers.… Read More

In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger

New York Times, February 7, 2018
by Andrew Jacobs

SANTIAGO, Chile — They killed Tony the Tiger. They did away with Cheetos’ Chester Cheetah. They banned Kinder Surprise, the chocolate eggs with a hidden toy. The Chilean government, facing… 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

Stalled Health Programs Await A Green Light On The Hill

Kaiser Health News, February 2, 2018
by Shefali Luthra

With the clock ticking on the current stop-gap bill that funds the federal government through Feb. 8, Congress is steeling itself to consider another must-pass budget bill. And, once again, health care… 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, Forthcoming, 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

ERISA: A Bipartisan Problem For The ACA And The AHCA

Health Affairs Blog, June 2, 2017
by Abbe R. Gluck, Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna), and Peter D. Jacobson

From the post: The Supreme Court has once again been called on to mediate the boundaries of a far-reaching, infamously complex, federal employee benefits law. And once again this law may have… Read More

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

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

From the article: In the Fall of 2016, I taught Health Law and Policy for the fourth consecutive semester. In this repeat loop, one thing has become increasingly clear: the aspect of this survey course… Read More

How a Supreme Court ruling on printer cartridges could have a big impact on drug prices

STAT News, May 30, 2017
by Meghana Keshavan, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: A Supreme Court ruling on international printer cartridge sales could have major implications for, of all things, drug pricing and global health. The case in question involves patents,… Read More

Legal Roundtable: Discussing abortion restrictions, health care, Supreme Court developments and more

St. Louis Public Radio, May 30, 2017
by Kelly Moffitt, featuring Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the radio episode: On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Legal Roundtable panel returned to discuss pressing issues of the law. They discussed a number of topics, starting with national issues… Read More

Roster exemptions for players with concussions could draw vote from NFL owners

USA Today, May 22, 2017
by Tom Pelissero, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the article: A short-term injured reserve for players diagnosed with a concussion was among 76 recommendations included in a Harvard Law School report — based on research funded by the NFL Players… Read More

Why Successful Post-Season Runs Make People Lose Their Minds About Concussions

Forbes, May 16, 2017
by Lee Igel, citing Petrie-Flom's report

From the article: Were either or both Crosby and Harden suffering the effects of a head injury, yet seeing game action? Appearances can be deceiving. In addition to medical personnel assessing a player's… Read More

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

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

From the article: So is this really the best way to develop new healthcare technologies and therapies? "So there are pros and there are cons," said Rachel Sachs, a law professor at Washington University in… Read More

ORDER NOW & GET 20% OFF! Law, Religion, and Health in the United States

Cambridge University Press, July 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Elizabeth Sepper

About the Book: While the law can create conflict between religion and health, it can also facilitate religious accommodation and protection of conscience. Finding this balance is critical to addressing… Read More

Value-Based Pricing For Pharmaceuticals In The Trump Administration

Health Affairs Blog, April 27, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius Lakdawalla

From the article: Everyone seems to agree: Drug prices are too damn high. Scandalous prices for new drugs and enormous price hikes on old drugs have focused public ire on the pharmaceutical… Read More

As a competitor encroached, Mylan took one state to court to push EpiPen sales, documents

STAT News, April 24, 2017
by Ike Swetlitz, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article:  Three lawyers who reviewed the case at the request of STAT said they could not think of another instance when a pharmaceutical company sued to protect the status of its medication… Read More

Science Needs Your Cells

New York Times, April 21, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Steven Joffe

Biospecimens are essential to medical progress, but just medical waste to patients. Let's promote the science. From the op-ed: Many aspects of Ms. Lacks’s story reflect genuine injustice: the… Read More

Release of New FDA Guidance Declines Sharply Following Trump’s Inauguration

Regulatory Affairs , April 11, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, told Focus: “I think they're waiting for Gottlieb to set his priorities, and they'll move forward… Read More

Panthers doctor: ‘Turf war’ keeping neurologists off NHL study group

TSN Canada, April 7, 2017
by Rick Westhead, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: One Harvard University law professor says that the NHL should overhaul its medical structure to free team doctors and trainers from any real or perceived conflicts of interest. Glenn… Read More

An FDA Commissioner for the 21st Century

NEJM, March 29, 2017
by Amitabh Chandra and Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

President Donald Trump has named Scott Gottlieb as his nominee to be the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As compared with some of the other people whose names were floated… Read More

In Pausing Human Research On Zika, Medical Ethicists Acknowledge A Dark Past

WBUR, March 21, 2017
by Paul C. McLean, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article: That’s why ethics review of human subject research matters. This NIH panel is an especially good model in both its composition — expertise in law, medicine, medical science,… Read More

Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics
Harvard Law School

Deadline: This position has been filled.

Duties & Responsibilities The Executive Director works in partnership with the Faculty Director on strategic planning and vision for the Center, and oversees the Center’s staff, activities, and… Read More

UPCOMING! Annual Health Law Conference: Between Complacency & Panic

Northeastern University School of Law, April 14, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the event:  Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) such as Ebola and the Zika virus pose potentially grave threats to human health. They can also incite overreations that lead to the scapegoating… Read More

Research Scholar Positions in Public Health Law & Policy
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Deadline: March 31, 2017, 5 PM MST

Position Announcement: The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is seeking applicants for up to 2 positions as Research Scholars in its Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP)… Read More

edX Course: The Opioid Crisis in America
Harvard University

Deadline: Class begins March 27, 2017

About this course Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as powerful pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and many others. Every… Read More

Maryland Goes a Step Further to Rein in Drug Price Spikes

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), February 27, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, citing Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] The bill has drawn criticism from industry groups and others who say such independent audits would be overly burdensome for industry and that the $2500 threshold might include too many drugs… Read More

Ethical Considerations for Zika Virus Human Challenge Trials

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), February 2017
by Seema K. Shah, Jonathan Kimmelman, Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), et al.

From the report: Zika virus is an emerging infectious disease that was first identified in 1947, and that has more recently become a major public health threat around the world. Zika virus has recently… Read More

Lawmakers urge US Army not to issue exclusive license to Sanofi for a Zika vaccine

Stat, February 22, 2017
by Ed Silverman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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Express Scripts CEO addresses drug pricing ‘misinformation’

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 17, 2017
by Samantha Liss, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Typically, after dispensing drugs to patients, a drug manufacturer will write Express Scripts a rebate check. That timing can expose some patients, especially those with high deductibles, to the… Read More

Using Social Media as a Research Recruitment Tool: Ethical Issues and Recommendations

The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 17, 2017 - Issue 3
by Luke Gelinas, Robin Pierce, Sabune Winkler, I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, and Barbara Bierer

Part of the Petrie-Flom Center's collaboration with the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science… Read More

What Experts in Law and Medicine Have to Say About the Cost of Drugs

The Health Care Blog, February 2, 2017
by Andy Oram, on PFC's 5th Annual Health Law Year in P/Review Conference

From the article; Pharmaceutical drug costs impinge heavily on consumers’ consciousness, often on a monthly basis, and have become such a stress on the public that they came up repeatedly among both… Read More

The Trump-era Supreme Court could erode abortion access with a ‘death by 1,000 cuts’

Business Insider, February 1, 2017
by Rebecca Harrington, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Glenn Cohen, a health-law expert and professor at Harvard Law School, said two kinds of laws provide the most likely paths for SCOTUS to overturn or undermine Roe. The first are known… Read More

CDC Fall 2017 Externships in Public Health Law
CDC’s Public Health Law Program

Deadline: April 30, 2017

Description Law has been critical in achieving public health goals and serves as the foundation for governmental public health practice in the United States. Many of public health's greatest successes,… Read More

Federal Circuit Court Appeal Cites Rachel E. Sachs

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, January 13, 2017, No. 17-1480
by Paul D. Clement et al., citing work by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

No. 17-1480 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT   AMGEN INC., AMGEN MANUFACTURING, LTD., and AMGEN USA, INC., Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. SANOFI, SANOFI-AVENTIS U.S. LLC, AVENTISUB… Read More

How Donald Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Endangers Women

New York Times, December 28, 2016
by Allison K. Hoffman (Academic Fellow Alumna) and Jill R. Horwitz

LOS ANGELES — With the selection of Representative Tom Price as secretary of health and human services, President-elect Donald J. Trump has taken a giant step toward undermining the health… Read More

What’s Confusing Us About Mental Health Parity

HealthAffairs Blog, December 22, 2016
by Nathaniel Counts (Student Fellow alumnus), Timothy Clement, Amanda Mauri, Paul Gionfriddo, and Garry Carneal

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) has been law since 2008. MHPAEA provided that health plans could not limit mental health or substance use disorder benefits in a way… Read More

Senate committee calls for ban on surgeons conducting simultaneous operations

Boston Globe, December 6, 2016
by Jonathan Salzman and Jenn Abelson

From the article: A powerful Senate committee wants all hospitals to explicitly ban surgeons from overseeing two simultaneous operations, weighing in on a controversy that has roiled Massachusetts General… Read More

Online J-Term Health Law Courses
875 Summit Ave. | St. Paul, MN 55105

Deadline: January 02, 2017

The Mitchell Hamline School of Law Health Law Institute is pleased to offer two online health law courses in January 2017!                        … Read More

Global Health Graduate Student Research Seminars (Call for Harvard Student Submissions)
Harvard Global Health Institute

Deadline: November 15, 2016

The seminars bring together graduate students from across Harvard University to exchange research ideas in a multidisciplinary setting as they engage with challenging problems related to global health. Graduate… Read More

Regulating Off-Label Promotion — A Critical Test

NEJM, November 2, 2016
by Christopher Robertson, JD, PhD (Academic Fellow Alumnus) and Aaron S. Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH (Faculty Affiliate)

Petrie-Flom Academic Alumnus Christopher T. Robertson and Faculty Affiliate Aaron S. Kesselheim have coauthored a new Perspective article in NEJM on recent judicial decisions regarding… Read More

ORDER NOW & RECEIVE 30% OFF: Nudging Health

Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), and Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus), eds.

Abstract of the Introduction:  This introductory chapter to the edited volume Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics (I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, Christopher T. Robertson,… Read More

Student Fellow Alumna Lauren Taylor on the American Health Care Paradox

Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, October 27, 2016

Lauren A. Taylor, MPH, MDiv will discuss her book,  The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less. Commentator: John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA, Professor… Read More

Rights, Nudging, and the Good of Others

16 American Journal of Bioethics 11, Published online October 17, 2016
by Luke Gelinas (Petrie-Flom/Harvard Catalyst Fellow in Clinical Research Ethics)

Luke Gelinas, the Petrie-Flom/Harvard Catalyst Fellow in Clinical Research Ethics, has a new article commentary out in the American Journal of Bioethics responding to a new article (in the same… Read More

Issues With Tissues

16 American Journal of Bioethics 11, Published online October 17, 2016
by Emily Largent (Student Fellow Alumna)

Student Fellow Alumna Emily Largent has a new article commentary out in the American Journal of Bioethics, in which she responds to a new article (in the same issue) on The ethics of organ donor registration… Read More

The Readout: Speaking of Drug Prices

STAT, October 12, 2016
by Damian Garde and Meg Kesh, featuring Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow alumna)

From the post: How? Washington University law professor Rachel Sachs and Department of Veterans Affairs economist Austin Frakt suggest tying drug prices to cost-effectiveness. They'd also like society… Read More

Innovation–Innovation Tradeoffs in Drug Pricing

Annals of Internal Medicine, October 11, 2016
by Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow alumna)

From the article: The uproar over the price of the EpiPen is the latest episode in a longstanding controversy over drug pricing. A common concern is that proposed regulation of drug markets may reduce… Read More

Call for Applications: Student Fellowships for Master’s Degree Programs
Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School

Deadline: Deadline to apply to HKS: December 1, 2016; Deadline to apply for the Fellowship: February 28, 2017

Student fellowship programs are at the heart of the Center for Public Leadership’s mission to forge leaders capable of solving the world’s most pressing problems across the sectors of business,… Read More

Assistant Director Master’s Program
Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Deadline: Open until filled.

General Description The Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is seeking qualified candidates and candidate nominations for the role of… Read More

Health Care Project Manager
Health Care & Fair Competition Bureau

Deadline: October 7, 2016

General Description: Attorney General Maura Healey is looking for a highly motivated individual to manage her Office’s projects relating to health care data reporting, monitoring, and oversight… Read More

EBOLA and FDA: reviewing the response to the 2014 outbreak, to find lessons for the future

Journal of Law and the Biosciences, September 16, 2016
by Emily A. Largent (Student Fellow alumna)

Abstract: In 2014, West Africa confronted the most severe outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in history. At the onset of the outbreak—as now—there were no therapies approved by the U.S.… Read More

EpiPen Maker Quietly Steers Effort That Could Protect Its Price

New York Times, September 16, 2016
by Eric Lipton and Rachel Abrams, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

[...] The idea being advanced is simple: If the EpiPen makes the federal preventive list, most Americans would have no insurance co-pay when getting the product. That means they could obtain… Read More