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

Hundreds of Illinois Children Languish in Psychiatric Hospitals After They’re Cleared For Release

ProPublica (Co-published with The Atlantic), June 5, 2018
by Duaa Eldeib

Doctors had agreed Brasfield was ready to be discharged about six weeks after he arrived, but the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which is his legal guardian, couldn’t find anywhere… Read More

Judge Tells Maine It Must Implement Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansion…

Kaiser Health News, June 5, 2018

Judge Tells Maine It Must Implement Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansion That Governor Has Been Stonewalling HN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Maine… Read More

Gun Studies

NPR, June 4, 2018
by Martin Kaste

In the wake of the Parkland high school massacre, there's been renewed interest in "red flag" laws, which allow courts and police to temporarily remove guns from people perceived to pose a threat.… Read More

She Went to Jail for a Drug Relapse.

New York Times, June 4, 2018
by Jan Hoffman

[...] Should an addict’s relapse be punished with a criminal sanction? Ms. Eldred has put that question before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in a case that may have widespread ripples,… Read More

Another Cause Of Doctor Burnout

Kaiser Health News, May 31, 2018
by Jake Harper, WFYI

[...] There are an estimated 6,500 undocumented immigrants in the U.S. with end-stage kidney disease. Many of them can’t afford private insurance and are barred from Medicare or Medicaid. Treatment… Read More

After Years of Trying, Virginia Finally Will Expand Medicaid

New York Times, May 30, 2018
by Abby Goodnough

WASHINGTON — Virginia’s Republican-controlled Senate voted on Wednesday to open Medicaid to an additional 400,000 low-income adults next year, making it all but certain that the state will… Read More

Study Puts Puerto Rico Death Toll From Hurricane Maria Near 5,000

NPR, May 29, 2018
by Richard Harris

Perhaps 5,000 people died in Puerto Rico in 2017 for reasons related to September's Hurricane Maria, according to a study that dismisses the official death toll of 64 as "a substantial underestimate."… Read More

Ireland votes resoundingly to repeal abortion ban

CNN, May 26, 2018
by Kara Fox and Dakin Andone

Dublin, Ireland (CNN)Ireland has voted an emphatic "Yes" to amend the country's constitution to enable legislation that would allow women to have an abortion in a historic and emotionally charged referendum.… 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

Are You And Your Primary Care Doc Ready To Talk About Your DNA?

Kaiser Health News, May 22, 2018
by Michelle Andrews

If you have a genetic mutation that increases your risk for a treatable medical condition, would you want to know? For many people the answer is yes. But such information is not commonly part of routine… Read More

Uninsured Rate Remains Basically Flat Despite Republicans’ Attempts To Chip Away At Health Law

Kaiser Health News, May 22, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The numbers from the government survey suggest a surprising resilience of the health law and its expansion of… 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

New Cancer Treatments Lie Hidden Under Mountains of Paperwork

New York Times, May 21, 2018
by Gina Kolata

[...] In the United States, there is no single format used by all providers, and hospitals have no incentive to make it easy to transfer records from one place to another. The medical records mess is hobbling… 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

Health System Invests $200M In Programs To Reduce Homelessness

Forbes, May 18, 2018
by Ellie Kincaid

[...] The $200 million investment is part of Kaiser Permanente’s new Thriving Communities Fund and continues the health system’s previous work with community-based organizations addressing… Read More

Trump Administration Imposes New Abortion Restrictions On Federally Funded Family Planning Clinics

Kaiser Health News, May 18, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The policy would mirror similar restrictions in place during the Reagan administration. The policy has been… Read More

$10B Deal To Overhaul VA’s Digital Health Records Signed Despite Warnings It Could Prove To Be Boond

Kaiser Health News, May 18, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a statement that the 10-year deal would make much-needed improvements… Read More

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

Deadline: Open until filled.

General DescriptionThe 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

HHS Secretary Clarifies Trump Administration’s Plan To Reduce Prescription Drug Prices

NPR, May 17, 2018
by Alison Kodjak

[...] KELLY: First start just by reminding us what this proposal is. The president came out and made an announcement about drug prices last Friday in the Rose Garden. What exactly did he say? KODJAK:… Read More

‘Will You Be My Emergency Contact?’ Takes on a Whole New Meaning

New York Times, May 17, 2018
by Heather Murphy

Will you be my emergency contact? When you’re dating, the question is a sign that you’ve made it to the this-is-really-serious category. When you’re friends, it’s a sign that you’re… 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

Under Trump Proposal, Lawful Immigrants Might Be Inclined To Shun Health Benefits

Kaiser Health News, May 2018
by Christina Jewett and Melissa Bailey and Paula Andalo

The Trump administration is considering a policy change that might discourage immigrants who are seeking permanent residency from using government-supported health care, a scenario that is alarming some… 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

F.D.A. Moves to Stop Rogue Clinics From Using Unapproved Stem Cell Therapies

New York Times, May 9, 2018
by Denise Grady and Sheila Kaplan

The Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday that it was seeking court orders to stop two clinics from using unapproved stem cell treatments that in some cases have seriously harmed patients. The… Read More

As Opioid Liability Rises, Accreditor Seeks Credential For Pharma’s Educators

Forbes, May 9, 2018
by Bruce Japsen

As the U.S. grapples with the deadly opioid epidemic and public outrage over drug costs, an accreditor of medical affairs professionals and pharmaceutical sales representatives is grabbing the attention… Read More

Walmart Will Implement New Opioid Prescription Limits By End Of Summer

NPR, May 8, 2018
by Vanessa Romo

Walmart announced Monday it is introducing new restrictions on how it will fill opioid medication prescriptions in all of its in-store and Sam's Club pharmacies. It is the company's latest… Read More

4 Takeaways From Trump’s Plan To Rescind CHIP Funding

Kaiser Health News, May 8, 2018
by Phil Galewitz

President Donald Trump wants to employ a rarely used budget maneuver called “rescission” to eliminate $15 billion in federal spending, including $7 billion from the popular Children’s… Read More

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

Deadline: Open Until Filled

CRIT Litigation & Policy AssociateThe 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

De Blasio Moves to Bring Safe Injection Sites to New York City

New York Times, May 3, 2018
by William Neuman

Mayor Bill de Blasio is championing a plan that would make New York City a pioneer in creating supervised injection sites for illegal drug users, part of a novel but contentious strategy to combat the… 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

Ronny Jackson Withdraws As VA Nominee

NPR, April 26, 2018
by Jessica Taylor and Brian Naylor

Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump's embattled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration for the post amid allegations he had fostered a hostile work… Read More

Administration’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding Rules Favor Abstinence-Focused Programs

Kaiser Health News, April 24, 2018

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The new rules for the funding do not exclude programs that provide information about contraception and protected… Read More

F.D.A. Cracks Down on Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors

New York Times, April 24, 2018
by Kate Zernike and Sheila Kaplan

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it was cracking down on the sales of e-cigarettes to minors, especially the popular vaping Juul brand, and said it had issued warning… Read More

Redesigning Maternal Care: OB-GYNs Are Urged to See New Mothers Sooner and More Often

ProPublica, April 23, 2018
by Nina Martin

Doctors would see new mothers sooner and more frequently, and insurers would cover the increased visits, under sweeping new recommendations from the organization that sets standards of care for obstetrician-gynecologists… 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

As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Prescriptions for Drugs to Treat Addiction Rise

New York Times, April 19, 2018
by Abby Goodnough

WASHINGTON — The number of new monthly prescriptions for medications that treat opioid addiction nearly doubled over the past two years, according to new data, while prescriptions for opioid… Read More

THE PRICE OF VACCINES MUST BE DISCLOSED, ORDERS A COURT

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

Anguished Families Shoulder The Biggest Burdens Of Opioid Addiction

NPR, April 18, 2018
by Yuki Noguchi

[...] Johnson, 27, lay in a coma, silent except for the beeping of machines. She looked small and pale, buried in a tangle of hospital bedsheets and tubes, after suffering a dozen or so strokes as a result… Read More

Federal Appeals Court Puts Chill On Maryland Law To Fight Drug Price-Gouging

Kaiser Health News, April 17, 2018
by Shefali Luthra

States continue to battle budget-busting prices of prescription drugs. But a federal court decision could limit the weapons available to them — underscoring the challenge states face as they, in… 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 & ResponsibilitiesThe 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

DescriptionA 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 DescriptionThis 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

OverviewThe 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

SummaryThe 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 DescriptionThe 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 & ResponsibilitiesReporting to the Petrie-Flom Center’s Administrative Director and working closely with the Center’s Executive Director, Faculty Director, and other staff, the Research… 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 prevention.… 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 NeuroscienceThe Project on Law and Applied Neuroscience, now… 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 & ResponsibilitiesThe 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 courseOpioids 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

DescriptionLaw 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 DescriptionThe 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. Food… 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

5 reasons why no one has built a better EpiPen

STAT, September 9, 2016
by Meghana Keshavan, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

[...] But critics say Mylan has little incentive to improve EpiPens: “If you’re the monopolist, and you’ve got a product that expires every year, and it’s not super easy to… Read More

PFC Spotlight: Student Fellow Alumnus Neel Shah

Petrie-Flom Center, September 8, 2016

Dr. Neel Shah was a Student Fellow for the 2007-2008 academic year, while in his third year at Harvard Medical School. Then Academic Fellow and now Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen served as his… Read More

How Mylan cornered the consumer epinephrine market

MedCityNews, September 8, 2016
by Pauline Bartolone, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

[...] The New York state attorney general’s office announced Tuesday it will investigate Mylan to determine whether it introduced “anticompetitive terms” into school contracts.STAT recently… Read More

Euro Drug Pricing’s Tradeoffs May Limit Appeal In US

Law360, September 8, 2016
by Dani Kass, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

[...] Going forward, an influx of bills targeting drug prices could be introduced, but few are likely to pass, according to Joshua P. Cohen, a researcher at the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug… Read More