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

Congressional Clock Is Ticking On Efforts To Shore Up Obamacare Insurance Markets

Kaiser Health News, August 18, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Though some senators say they are cautiously optimistic, it is not yet clear if lawmakers will be able to reach… Read More

A Cancer Conundrum

New York Times, August 18, 2017
by Gina Kolata

With the arrival of two revolutionary treatment strategies, immunotherapy and personalized medicine, cancer researchers have found new hope — and a problem that is perhaps unprecedented in medical… Read More

India threatens Philip Morris with ‘punitive action’ over alleged violations

Reuters, August 18, 2017
by Aditya Kalra

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government has threatened Philip Morris International Inc with "punitive action" over the tobacco giant's alleged violation of the country's anti-smoking laws,… Read More

Federal Appeals Court Says Arkansas Can Block Medicaid Payments To Planned Parenthood

NPR, August 16, 2017
by Merrit Kennedy

A federal appeals court has sided with the state of Arkansas against Planned Parenthood, saying it can block Medicaid payments to the medical provider. It reversed earlier injunctions that forbade the… 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

Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficits Higher

New York Times, August 15, 2017
by Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming… Read More

Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Humans

New York Times, August 10, 2017
by Gina Kolata

In a striking advance that helps open the door to organ transplants from animals, researchers have created gene-edited piglets cleansed of viruses that might cause disease in humans. The experiments, reported… Read More

Massachusetts Officials Take Control Of Health Insurance Co-Op Formed By ACA

Kaiser Health News, August 4, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Minuteman Health Inc., which served customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, was one of the small customer-owned… Read More

Trump Touts New VA Telehealth Service

MedScape, August 4, 2017
by Ken Terry

President Trump today announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will soon roll out a new virtual visit service called VA Video Connect along with a new smartphone app for appointment scheduling.… Read More

Senate Passes F.D.A. Funding and ‘Right to Try’ Drug Bills

New York Times, August 3, 2017
by Robert Pear and Sheila Kaplan

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday gave final approval to legislation to finance the Food and Drug Administration, clearing the measure for President Trump and tapping drug manufacturers once… Read More

To Grow Market Share, A Drugmaker Pitches Its Product To Judges

NPR, August 3, 2017
by Jake Harper

[...] More than 130,000 Americans will go through drug courts this year, according to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Drug courts are designed to allow some people whose crimes stem… 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

Maine Raises Smoking Age to 21 After Lawmakers Override Veto

New York Times, August 2, 2017
by Matthew Haag

Maine will become the fourth state to raise the smoking age to 21 and will adopt stricter regulations on the sale of electronic cigarettes after lawmakers on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to override… Read More

Senators To Hold Bipartisan Hearings To Try To Protect Insurer Subsidies Threatened By Trump

Kaiser Health News, August 2, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold sessions beginning the week of Sept.… Read More

Insurer Subsidies Provide Trump With Powerful Tool He’s Not Hesitating To Wield

Kaiser Health News, August 1, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations If President Donald Trump cut off the subsidy payments to insurers, which he can decide to do, it would devastate… Read More

Trump’s Opioid Commission Calls for a State of Emergency

The Atlantic, July 31, 2017
by Olga Khazan

A government opioid commission chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has called for President Trump to declare a state of emergency in dealing with the opioid epidemic, which now kills more… Read More

How to Repair the Health Law (It’s Tricky but Not Impossible)

New York Times, July 29, 2017
by Reed Abelson, Abby Goodnough, and Katie Thomas

Republicans have failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, can it be repaired? The seven-year-old law has survived Supreme Court decisions and aggressive attempts to extinguish it by Republicans… Read More

F.D.A. Delays Rules That Would Have Limited E-Cigarettes on Market

New York Times, July 28, 2017
by Sheila Kaplan

Electronic-cigarette makers won a major reprieve on Friday when the Food and Drug Administration delayed regulations that could have removed many of their products from the market and opened the door to… Read More

FDA Announces Plan To Cut Level Of Nicotine Allowed In Cigarettes

NPR, July 28, 2017
by Rob Stein and Robert Siegel

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing sweeping changes to how it regulates cigarettes and related products, including e-cigarettes. One big change: It's planning to reduce the amount of nicotine… Read More

McCain Rejects ‘Skinny Plan’ And Helps Derail GOP’s Repeal Efforts In Stunning Late-Night Vote

Kaiser Health News, July 28, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations The so-called "skinny plan" kept most of the Affordable Care Act in place, only rolling back some provisions… Read More

Hospitals Face Growing Cybersecurity Threats

NPR, July 26, 2017
by Lauren Silverman

In the neonatal intensive care unit of Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, a father is rocking a baby attached to a heart monitor. While doctors roam the halls trying to prevent infections,… Read More

AP Interview: China to lead in organ transplants by 2020

ABC News, July 26, 2017
by Christopher Bodeen, AP

China is on track to lead the world in organ transplant surgeries by 2020 following its abandonment of the much-criticized practice of using organs from executed prisoners, the architect of the country's… Read More

Senate Parliamentarian Tosses Another Roadblock Onto Already Bumpy Path To Health Vote

Kaiser Health News, July 24, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough says Republicans would need 60 votes to maintain abortion-related… Read More

DEA solicited applications to grow marijuana for research. It hasn’t approved one

STAT, July 24, 2017
by Andrew Joseph

Almost a year after the Drug Enforcement Administration announced it would consider granting additional licenses to cultivate cannabis for research purposes — and despite drawing… 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

Bid to ease Chile’s abortion ban hits roadblock

Reuters, July 20, 2017

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's Chamber of Deputies fell one vote short of passing the Senate version of a bill easing the country's strict abortion law, a surprise setback to President Michelle Bachelet… Read More

Open Burns, Ill Winds

ProPublica, July 20, 2017
by Abraham Lustgarten

[...] More than three decades ago, Congress banned American industries and localities from disposing of hazardous waste in these sorts of “open burns,’’ concluding that such uncontrolled… 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

At a growing number of schools, sick kids can take a virtual trip to the doctor

STAT, July 19, 2017
by Leah Samuel

School nurses offer far more than just Band-Aids these days. As the prevalence of childhood conditions like asthma and diabetes have risen, nurses treat a wide range of problems. Still, only an estimated… Read More

Latinos Left Out Of Clinical Trials … And Possible Cures

Kaiser Health News, July 19, 2017
by Paula Andalo

[...] Cabrera is one of a relatively small number of Hispanics who participate in clinical trials. “Only less than 8 percent of enrollees are Hispanic, even though Hispanics comprise 17 percent of… Read More

Unapproved stem-cell treatments touted on federal database ClinicalTrials.gov, study says

Washington Post, July 19, 2017
by Laurie McGinley

Stem cell clinics offering unapproved treatments for ailments from hip pains to autism to erectile dysfunction increasingly are using a federal clinical-trials database as a marketing tool — a strategy… Read More

Trump administration suddenly pulls plug on teen pregnancy programs

Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting, July 14, 2017
by Jane Kay

The Trump administration has quietly axed $213.6 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs and research at more than 80 institutions around the country, including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles… Read More

Transgender Health Care Targeted In Crusade To Undo ACA

Kaiser Health News, July 13, 2017
by Shefali Luthra

[...] Before the ACA, Medicaid operated under its own anti-discrimination requirements. However, many state programs were vague in describing gender-transition benefits. This made it difficult for… Read More

Exclusive: Documents reveal Philip Morris’ campaign to subvert the world’s anti-smoking treaty

Reuters, July 13, 2017
by Aditya Kalra, Paritosh Bansal, Duff Wilson and Tom Lasseter

NEW DELHI/LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Philip Morris International Inc (PM.N) is waging a secret campaign to subvert the World Health Organization's anti-smoking treaty, which was designed to… Read More

GOP To Unveil New Version Of Health Bill On Thursday

Kaiser Health News, July 12, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations And the score from the Congressional Budget Office would follow early next week. Read More

Drugmakers’ Money-Back Guarantees

ProPublica, July 10, 2017
by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, and Katie Thomas, New York Times

More than a decade ago, Italy tried a novel approach to help bring down drug costs: asking pharmaceutical companies to return money to the national health system if some of their medicines failed to work… Read More

Georgia’s Health Commissioner Named to Lead C.D.C.

New York Times, July 7, 2017
by Sheila Kaplan

The Trump administration on Friday named Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the public health commissioner of Georgia, as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation’s top… Read More

To solve organ shortage, states consider ‘opt-out’ organ donation laws

STAT, July 6, 2017
by Leah Samuel

The shortage of organs for transplantation is a thorny problem. Nearly 118,000 people in the U.S. are on waiting lists for transplants of kidneys, hearts, livers, and other organs; an estimated… Read More

Trump’s Surgeon General Pick Built Name Fighting HIV And Opioids In Indiana

Kaiser Health News, July 7, 2017
by Emily Forman

Several weeks before President Donald Trump nominated Indiana’s state health commissioner Jerome Adams to be the next U.S. surgeon general, Adams toured the Salvation Army Harbor Light… Read More

Politics McConnell says GOP must shore up ACA insurance markets if Senate bill dies

Washington Post, July 6, 2017
by Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein

From the article: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that if his party fails to muster 50 votes for its plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act, it will have no choice but to… Read More

John Morgan sues state for blocking the smoking of medical marijuana

Miami Herald, July 6, 2017
by Mary Ellen Klas

TALLAHASSEE -- Arguing that Florida legislators violated voters’ intent when they prohibited smoking for the medical use of marijuana, the author of the state’s medical marijuana amendment… Read More

Opioid prescribing is falling in the US, but not everywhere

ABC News, July 6, 2017
by Mike Stobbe

Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released Thursday finds. The amount… 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

As Seniors Get Sicker, They’re More Likely To Drop Medicare Advantage Plans

National Public Radio, July 5, 2017
by Fred Shulte

When Sol Shipotow enrolled in a new Medicare Advantage health plan earlier this year, he expected to keep the doctor who treats his serious eye condition. "That turned out not to be so," said Shipotow,… Read More

Conservatives Urge Quick Health-Law Repeal If GOP Bill Stalls

Wall Street Journal, July 1, 2017
by Louise Radnofsky

Conservative Republicans on Friday revived a proposal to speedily repeal the Affordable Care Act and come up with a replacement later, a surprise move reflecting the fractured state of the Senate GOP and… 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

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

Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics: Cross-Registration Opportunity for Harvard Students
Harvard Medical School

Deadline: January 15, 2016

Cross-registration is available for "Health Law, Policy, and Bioethics," a new course being offered as part of the HMS Master’s program in bioethics. A course description is provided below. Interested… Read More

FDA Says Gay Men Can Give Blood — But Only If They Don’t Have Sex for a Year

VICE News, December 22, 2015
by VICE News Staff, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] Harvard Law School bioethics and the law professor I. Glenn Cohen told VICE News last year that while he thought the FDA's policy change is a good first step, it does not… Read More

FDA eases blood donation ban on gay men

CBS News, December 21, 2015
by Interview with I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The FDA is easing its restrictions on gay and bisexual men who want to make a blood donation. But there's a catch -- the lifetime ban is being replaced with a new policy that requires gay and bisexual… Read More

Health Journalism Fellowship
USC Annenberg School of Journalism

Deadline: January 15, 2016

Apply Now for All-Expenses-Paid Health Journalism Training, $1,000 Reporting Grant When: March 6-10, 2016 Where: Los Angeles Deadline to Apply: January 15, 2016 The USC Annenberg School of Journalism's Center… Read More

HIV & Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Program
Fordham University

Deadline: February 25, 2016

Now beginning its sixth year, the Fordham HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) is a training grant sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (# 1R25DA031608-01,… Read More

Teaching Assistant Professor in Health Sciences
DePaul University

Deadline: January 20, 2016

The Department of Health Sciences seeks a non-tenure track faculty member at the rank of instructor to complement our existing faculty in interdisciplinary human health. The faculty member will be expected… Read More

IRB Review Specialist
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Deadline: December 01, 2015

Requisition Number: 15-0076 Department: Research Administration Hours: 40 Location: Boston, MA Description Reporting to the Director of the Human Research Protections Program, this position… Read More