Nothing Protects Black Women From Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth

ProPublica, December 7, 2017
by by Nina Martin, ProPublica, and Renee Montagne, NPR

[...] In recent years, as high rates of maternal mortality in the U.S. have alarmed researchers, one statistic has been especially concerning. According to the CDC, black mothers in the U.S.… Read More

Ryan says Republicans to target welfare, Medicare, Medicaid spending in 2018

Washington Post, December 6, 2017
by Jeff Stein

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that congressional Republicans will aim next year to reduce spending on both federal health care and anti-poverty programs, citing the need to reduce… Read More

Hospitals Find Asthma Hot Spots More Profitable To Neglect Than Fix

Kaiser Health News, December 6, 2017
by Jay Hancock and Rachel Bluth and Daniel Trielli

[...] Residents of this area visit hospitals for asthma flare-ups at more than four times the rate of people from the city’s wealthier neighborhoods, according to data analyzed by Kaiser Health… Read More

Individual Mandate Repeal Included In Senate Tax Bill Despite Dire Warnings About Market Instability

Kaiser Health News, December 4, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The House -- which did not include repeal of the individual mandate -- and the Senate still need to reconcile… Read More

If CVS’s $69B Deal To Buy Aetna Holds Up To Federal Scrutiny

Kaiser Health News, December 4, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Together, the companies touch most of the basic health services that people regularly use, and the merger could… Read More

Emergency rooms are monopolies. Patients pay the price.

Vox, December 4, 2017
by Sarah Kliff

[...] There are 141 million visits to the emergency room each year, and nearly all of them (including Saifan’s) have a charge for something called a facility fee. This is the price of walking… Read More

GOP eyes post-tax-cut changes to welfare, Medicare and Social Security

Washington Post, December 1, 2017
by Jeff Stein

High-ranking Republicans are hinting that, after their tax overhaul, the party intends to look at cutting spending on welfare, entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and other… Read More

States Sound Warning That Kids’ Health Insurance Is At Risk

NPR, November 30, 2017
by Selena Simmons-Duffin and Ashley Lopez, KUT

This week, Colorado became the first state to notify families that children who receive health insurance through the Children's Health Insurance Program are in danger of losing their coverage.… Read More

Republican Tax Bill Proves Congress Wasn’t Done With Health Policy

Kaiser Health News, December 1, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The GOP tax plan includes a range of health-related provisions -- key among them is language that would eliminate… Read More

The Breakthrough: A Reporter Goes to Ground Zero for Today’s American HIV Epidemic

ProPublica, December 1, 2017
by Joaquin Sapien

A few years ago, freelance journalist Linda Villarosa thought she was done covering HIV. She had accomplished plenty — front page stories for The New York Times, articles in Essence magazine. She… Read More

Euthanasia Law Passes in Australia for First Time

New York Times, December 1, 2017
by Adam Baidawi

MELBOURNE, Australia — The Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday became the country’s first to legalize assisted dying. After a two and a half years of debate and amendments, Victoria’s… Read More

Texas parents wait in limbo as policymakers struggle to save Children’s Health Insurance Program

TexasTribune, November 30, 2017
by Matthew Choi and Claire Allbright

It’s been two months since inaction in Congress put health insurance for more than 400,000 Texas children in jeopardy, and for people like Raquel Cruz, the uncertainty is taking a toll.… Read More

How The Loss Of U.S. Psychiatric Hospitals Led To A Mental Health Crisis

NPR, November 30, 2017
by Samantha Raphaelson

A severe shortage of inpatient care for people with mental illness is amounting to a public health crisis, as the number of individuals struggling with a range of psychiatric problems continues to rise.… 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

AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER: 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

About the Book: When data from all aspects of our lives can be relevant to our health - from our habits at the grocery store and our Google searches to our FitBit data and our medical records - can we… Read More

Health Insurers Are Still Skimping On Mental Health Coverage

NPR, November 30, 2017
by Jenny Gold

It has been nearly a decade since Congress passed the Mental Health Parity And Addiction Equity Act, with its promise to make mental health and substance abuse treatment just as easy to get as care… Read More

Hospital Improperly Billed Patients For Rape Exams, Says New York Attorney General

NPR, November 28, 2017
by Laurel Wamsley

An investigation by New York's attorney general found that the Brooklyn Hospital Center improperly billed dozens of patients for the cost of forensic rape exams. The exams, known as rape kits, are… Read More

A Hospital Charged $1,877 to Pierce a 5-Year-Old’s Ears. This Is Why Health Care Costs So Much.

ProPublica, November 28, 2017
by Marshall Allen

[...] Surgical ear piercings are rare, according to the Health Care Cost Institute, a nonprofit that maintains a database of commercial health insurance claims. The institute could only find a few dozen… Read More

Heated And Deep-Pocketed Battle Erupts Over 340B Drug Discount Program

Kaiser Health News, November 28, 2017
by Sarah Jane Tribble

A 25-year-old federal drug discount program has grown so big and controversial that it faces a fight for survival as federal officials and lawmakers furiously debate the program’s reach. The program,… Read More

Federal Tax Plan Could Cause Problems For Puerto Rico’s Medical Manufacturers And Hurricane Recovery

NPR, November 27, 2017
by Greg Allen and Marisa Penaloza

[...] after Hurricane Maria, manufacturers in Puerto Rico are now facing what some are calling a potential man-made disaster. It's a provision in the tax bill that recently passed the House that would… Read More

Colorado Warns Residents Congress Is About to Let Children’s Health Insurance Funding Run Out

Slate, November 27, 2017
by Ben Mathis Lilley

Colorado has notified residents that the federally funded Children's Health Insurance Program will shut down in early 2018 if Congress doesn't act to renew funding that expired on Sept. 30; the… Read More

Veterans are key as surge of states okay medical pot for PTSD

STAT, November 26, 2017
by Associated Press

[...] Twenty-eight states plus the District of Columbia now include PTSD in their medical marijuana programs, a tally that has more than doubled in the last two years, according to data compiled by the… Read More

44 state attorneys general want repeal of law that curbed DEA powers

Washington Post, November 14, 2014
by Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham

Forty-four state attorneys general asked Congress on Tuesday to repeal a law that effectively strips the Drug Enforcement Administration of potent weapons against large drug companies that have allowed… Read More

Murkowski, A Key GOP Swing Vote, Signals Support For Repealing Individual Mandate

Kaiser Health News, November 22, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Murkowski, A Key GOP Swing Vote, Signals Support For Repealing Individual Mandate A spokesperson for Sen. Lisa… Read More

What The Industry Knew About Sugar’s Health Effects, But Didn’t Tell Us

NPR, November 21, 2017
by Allison Aubrey

Back in the 1960s, the fact that our diets influence the risk of heart disease was still a new idea. And there was a debate about the role of fats and the role of sugar. The sugar industry got involved… Read More

Displaced Puerto Ricans Face Obstacles Getting Health Care

Kaiser Health News, November 21, 2017
by Paula Andalo

From the article: The federal government has granted people affected by the devastating hurricanes that wracked coastal states and Puerto Rico 15 extra days to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable… Read More

Skin Cancers Rise, Along With Questionable Treatments

New York Times, November 20, 2017
by Katie Hafner and Griffin Palmer

From the article: The New York Times analyzed Medicare billing data for dermatology from 2012 through 2015, as well as a national database of medical services maintained by the American Medical Association… Read More

Marketplace Would Be Fundamentally Rocked With Repeal Of Individual Mandate

Kaiser Health News, November 16, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Media outlets offer a look at what would happen to the Affordable Care Act exchanges if lawmakers include repeal… Read More

For Millions of Insured Americans, State Health Laws Don’t Apply

Kaiser Health News, November 16, 2017
by Emily Bazar

Let’s say you have health insurance through your employer and live in one of 21 states with laws protecting consumers against surprise medical bills from out-of-network providers. Should… Read More

Getting Doctors To Stop Prescribing Codeine To Kids Has Taken Years

NPR, November 16, 2017
by Greta Jochem

For years the Food and Drug Administration has been trying to get doctors to quit prescribing codeine, an opioid painkiller, to children after getting their tonsils or adenoids out. But it can be hard… Read More

Study Finds Competing Opioid Treatments Have Similar Outcomes

New York Times, November 15, 2017
by Abby Goodnough and Kate Zernike

WASHINGTON — A long-awaited study has found that two of the main medications for treating opioid addiction are similarly effective, a finding likely to intensify the hard-fought competition between… Read More

Former Pharma Executive, Health Law Critic Tapped For Top HHS Spot

Kaiser Health News, November 14, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations President Donald Trump, in announcing the nomination, says Alex Azar will be "a star" at lowering drug prices,… Read More

Some States Roll Back ‘Retroactive Medicaid,’ A Buffer For The Poor — And For Hospitals

Kaiser Health News, November 14, 2017
by Michelle Andrews

If you’re poor, uninsured and fall seriously ill, in most states if you qualify for Medicaid — but weren’t enrolled at the time — the program will pay your medical bills going back… Read More

This Tennessee insurer doesn’t play by Obamacare’s rules — and the GOP sees it as the future

STAT, November 13, 2017
by Erin Mershon

[...] Some 25,400 people in Tennessee have the kind of plan Yates was trying to get — what the company calls a “traditional” health plan. It’s an apt description — this style… Read More

Justices Take Cases on Free Speech at Pregnancy Centers and Polling Places

New York Times, November 13, 2017
by Adam Liptak

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two cases on the limits of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech. One asks whether California may require “crisis pregnancy… Read More

Slow And Upbeat EPA Response To Hurricane Harvey Pollution Angers Residents

NPR, November 13, 2017
by Rebecca Hersher

[...] Hurricane Harvey caused industrial facilities in Texas to release an extra 5.98 million pounds of pollution into the air, according to the most recent analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund:… Read More

Maine Governor Balks At Expanding Medicaid Even After Voters Had Their Say

Kaiser Health News, November 9, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Gov. Paul LePage (R), who has vetoed similar plans five times, says his administration will only implement expansion… Read More

California Cracks Down On Weed Killer As Lawsuits Abound

Kaiser Health News, November 8, 2017
by Stephanie O'Neill

[...] In July, California added glyphosate to its list of cancer-causing chemicals under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. The act, also known as Proposition 65,… Read More

NHS offers smartphone GP appointments

BBC News, November 6, 2017

A 24-hour service has been launched for NHS patients, offering GP consultations via videolink on smartphones. The pilot scheme will initially cover 3.5 million patients in greater London. Patients will… Read More

CHIP Bill Passes House, But Partisan Strife Over Funding Likely To Cause Headaches In Senate

Kaiser Health News, November 6, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations To pay for the Children's Health Insurance Program, the House bill would charge higher premiums to wealthier… 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)

This article is behind a paywall. Read More

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)


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

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

The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) Launches Service Affiliate C-TAC Innovations,

The Coalition to Transform Care (C-TAC) is the Petrie-Flom Center's partner in the Project on Advanced Care and Health Policy, launched in March 2016.            … Read More

EpiPen’s Dominance Driven By Competitors’ Stumbles And Tragic Deaths

NPR, September 7, 2016
by Pauline Bartolone, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow alumnus)

NPR recently called on Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow alumnus Nicholson Price to help explain how Mylan's Epi-Pen has come to dominate the market for epinephrine autoinjectors. From the article: … Read More

The GMO Labeling Fight Is Not Industry Versus Consumers

Forbes, August 26, 2016
by Steve Ansolabahere and Jacob E. Gersen (Director, Food Law Lab)

From the article: In late July, President Obama signed a bill requiring some form of labeling of foods containing genetically engineered materials. The measure preempts state laws, like Vermont’s,… Read More

The Single Bad Reason We Waste Billions of Pounds of Food

TIME, August 24, 2014
by Jacob Gersen

From Food Law Lab Director and Petrie-Flom Faculty Affiliate Jacob Gersen: Why exactly are we paying millions of dollars to throw away food? One answer—maybe the answer—is… Read More

Big Data Neglects Populations Most in Need of Medical and Public Health Research and Interventions

Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper, No. 16-26, August 18, 2016
by Sarah E. Malanga, Jonathan D. Loe, Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus), and Kenneth S. Ramos

Originally presented as a paper at the 2016 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference: Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics. Check out the event website to watch video of this and other presentations! Abstract:… Read More

The FDA Wants To Make It Harder To Buy And Sell Poop

BuzzFeed, August 13, 2016
by by Nidhi Subbaraman, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow alumna)

[...] Depending on how the approval is handed down, Rebiotix could very well put outfits like OpenBiome out of business, Rachel Sachs, a health and law professor at the Washington University at St.… Read More

Opinion: Please, Boston Nonprofit Hospitals, Can’t You Join Forces Instead Of Competing?

WBUR, August 11, 2016
by Michael Anne Kyle and Lauren Taylor (Student Fellow alumni)

Here in Boston, cooperation between health care providers is a fraught issue. Competition is fierce among local, not-for-profit teaching hospitals, and the idea of collaboration brings to mind collusion,… Read More

The FDA is prohibited from going germline

Science, August 5, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Eli Y. Adashi

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new article in Science magazine addressing recent legislation preventing the FDA from approving any research "in which a human embryo… Read More

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2017 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference
Harvard Law School

Deadline: Due no later than December 2, 2016

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce plans for our 2017 annual conference, entitled: “Transparency in Health and… Read More

Vaccines and Airline Travel:

42 American Journal of Law and Medicine 543, (2016)
by Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract: This Article explores two ways in which airline travel is an important vector for the spread of infectious disease, and argues that airlines have market-based and liability-based reasons… Read More

Health Law Professor
University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Deadline: October 15, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law invites applications for a tenure-stream position beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. For this position, we seek candidates interested in teaching courses… Read More

Policy Advocacy Manager
DNDi (Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative), Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline: July 17, 2016

Terms of reference: Title: Policy Advocacy Manager Based: Geneva Duration: Long term contract – Full time position Reporting to: Head of Policy Advocacy Starting date: September… Read More

Leading Experts Discuss Why the Time Is Right to Transform Advanced Care

Petrie-Flom Center and C-TAC, June 23, 2016

  June 23, 2016—On Tuesday, June 21, The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), a non-profit organization with a vision of improving advanced illness care for all Americans, and the Petrie-Flom… Read More

Public Health Policy Director
Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Deadline: August 22, 2016

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is now accepting applications to fill the policy director position. With around 900 people on staff and a $350 million budget, PDPH leads programs… Read More

Zika May Place Burden On Medicaid

Health Affairs Blog, June 8, 2016
by Emma Sandoe (Student Fellow)

From the article: Congress is currently debating the level of federal funding that should be made available to fight to reduce the spread of Zika. Administration officials working with local public health… Read More

Policy Fellowship
OSU Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science

Deadline: August 08, 2016

The Ohio State University Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (OSU-CERTS) invites applications from individuals interested in obtaining a post-graduate research fellowship in tobacco regulatory… Read More

The Summer Olympics And The Zika Virus — Is It Safe To Hold The Games In Brazil?

Greater Boston (WGBH), June 1, 2016
by Jim Braude, interviewing Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch

Olympic athletes going to Rio de Janeiro might come home with more than just a medal.  Some public health officials are concerned about athletes, tourists and members of the media getting bitten by… Read More

Review: I Glenn Cohen, Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics, Oxford University

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, May 2016
by Reviewed by Douglas MacKay

From the review:  Glenn Cohen’s Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics offers a thorough examination of the growing practice of medical tourism, the legal regulations… Read More

150 experts say Olympics must be moved or postponed because of Zika

Washington Post, May 27, 2016
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

More than 100 prominent physicians, bioethicists and scientists from around the world posted a letter Friday urging WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to exert pressure on Olympic authorities to move… Read More

Research Project Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Deadline: July 29, 2016

General Description The Research Project Coordinator will provide research and administrative assistance for two grant-funded projects at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.  The first… Read More

When Big Data Isn’t Big Enough

Ampersand, May 20, 2016
by Elise Davis

Elise Davis of PRIM&R attended the Petrie-Flom Center's 2016 Annual Conference on "Big Data, Health Law, and Bioethics" on May 6, 2016. From her review at PRIM&R's blog Ampersand: … Read More

Legal Research Associate, Policy Surveillance Program
Temple University

Deadline: June 19, 2016

The Policy Surveillance Program (PSP) is a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote effective regulatory, legal and policy solutions to improve public health. The program… Read More

Prizing Insurance: Prescription Drug Insurance as Innovation Incentive,

Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 30, No. 1 (forthcoming)
by Rachel E. Sachs

Abstract:  A problem perennially facing scholars of both intellectual property and health law is the need to incentivize appropriately the development of new pharmaceuticals. Although physicians have… Read More

Promoting Healthcare Innovation on the Demand Side

U of Michigan Law & Econ Research Paper No. 16-008; U of Michigan Public Law Research Paper No. 503
by Rebecca Eisenberg and W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

Abstract: Innovation policy often focuses on the incentives of firms that sell new products. But optimal use of healthcare products also requires good information about the likely effects of products in… Read More

Director of Master of Arts in Bioethics
Center for Ethics at Emory University

Deadline: June 01, 2016

The Center for Ethics at Emory University seeks a scholar in ethics and a clinical field, public health, or the life sciences to direct our Master of Arts in Bioethics (MAB) program.  Rank and area… Read More

State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE): Call for Proposals
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline: June 1, 2016

Purpose States continue to play a critical role in the implementation of health reform. States have made different choices in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including whether to establish… Read More

Petrie-Flom & Coalition to Transform Advanced Care Launch Project on Advanced Care & Health Policy

Petrie-Flom Center, March 28, 2016

The Project on Advanced Care and Health Policy will foster development of improved models of care for individuals with serious advanced illness nearing end-of-life, through interdisciplinary analysis of… Read More

Genetically Modified Crops

Foundation of American Scientists

An introduction to genetically modified crops, including key ecological concerns.  Read More

Title 21: Food and Drugs

Code of Federal Regulations

In Chapter I, Subchapter B, Parts 100-190, the regulations applicable to FDA’s oversight of food. Read More

Food, Genetically Modified

World Health Organization

Educational page providing general and technical information on genetically modified foods.  Read More

FDA - Guidance and Regulation

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Section of the FDA website containing FDA guidance and regulatory information applicable to food, including information about food safety programs, manufacturing processes, industry systems, and import/export… Read More

Genetically Engineered Crops in the United States

United States Department of Agriculture, February 2014

Report by the USDA Economic Research Service on recent trends in adoption of genetically engineered crops.  Read More

Food Code

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The FDA’s Food Code is a model that assists food control jurisdictions at all levels of government by providing them with a technical and legal basis for regulating the retail and food service segment… Read More

Food from Genetically Engineered Plants

Food and Drug Administration

This FDA site includes consumer information about food from genetically engineered plants, as well as FDA regulatory guidelines on these plants.  Read More

Assistant or Associate Professor, Public Policy
McGill University, Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) and the Faculty of Law

Deadline: March 30, 2016

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in the field of Public Policy, to be held jointly at the Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP)… Read More

USDA - Food Safety

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service

Website for FSIS, an agency of the USDA responsible for ensuring food safety for meat, poultry, and egg products. Read More

Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects

National Academy of Science

Website announcing NAS study on the benefits and risks of GE crops.  Read More

Foodborne Outbreaks

Centers for Disease Control

This site outlines the CDC’s role in investigation, surveillance, and prevention of food safety outbreaks.  Read More

Bioengineered (Genetically Engineered) Crops and Foods

American Medical Association

AMA statement on genetically engineered crops and foods.  Read More

Food Safety

Describes provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 and their role in strengthening the food safety system.  Read More

GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health

New England Journal of Medicine, Aug. 20, 2015
by Philip J. Landrigan and Charles Benbrook

Describes the impact of two recent changes in the GMO landscape, and considers their larger implications.  Read More

Codex Alimentarius

World Health Organization

The Codex, administered by WHO and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, establishes international food safety benchmarks to promote consumer safety.  Read More

Food Labeling Litigation

by Nicole E. Negowetti

Report on food labeling class action lawsuits and FDA regulatory authority.  Read More

Food and Drug Law Institute

Non-profit site providing a space for discussion of food and drug law, including conferences and publications.  Read More

Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic

The Harvard Law School clinic focused on seeking to increase access to healthy foods, reduce food waste, and utilize law and policy to impact the food system. Read More

Food Safety News

Website providing coverage on food safety issues, including contributions from the FDA. Read More

Christians Find Their Own Way to Replace Obamacare

U.S. News & World Report, February 23, 2016
by By Kimberly Leonard, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow)

From the article:  [...] Rachel Sachs, academic fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, says some academics are concerned that the… Read More

Food and Drug Law

Peter Hutt et al., 2013

Introductory casebook on administrative and other key issues in food and drug law.  Read More

Health Care Organizations and the Power of Procedure

The American Journal of Bioethics , Vol. 16, Issue 1, January 2016
by Emily A. Largent (Student Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Rationing refers to “any explicit or implicit measures that allow people to go without beneficial health care services” (Ubel and Goold 1998). In our health care system,… Read More