Health Law Workshop: Rachel Sachs

Monday, April 13, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Room 4059
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Presentation Title: "Prescription Drug Reimbursement as Innovation Incentive" Rachel Sachs is an Academic Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center. She earned her…

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SAVE THE DATE: Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 30, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015

At our Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review, we will welcome experts discussing major developments during 2014 and what to watch…

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Book Launch: Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Harvard Law School Library, Langdell Hall, Caspersen Room
1557 Massachsetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

I. Glenn Cohen's new book Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics  (Oxford University Press, 2014) is the first comprehensive…

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Health Law Workshop: Matt Lamkin

Monday, November 03, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Room 4059
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Matt Lamkin is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa College of Law. He previously was a Fellow at Stanford…

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Transparency in the Global Food System:
How Much Information and to What Ends?

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Conferences
2014-2015
UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA

SAVE THE DATE!The Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law and The Food Law Lab…

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Book Launch: Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Harvard Law School Library, Langdell Hall, Caspersen Room
1557 Massachusetts Ave., 4th floor, Cambridge, MA

MIT Press recently published Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future (2014), co-edited by Petrie-Flom Center Faculty Director, I. Glenn Cohen, and Executive…

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Emerging Issues and New Frontiers for FDA Regulation

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Washington, DC

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Food and Drug Law Institute are pleased to…

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A Conversation with the HHS Office of the Inspector General

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Room 3018
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Please join the Petrie-Flom Center for a conversation with the Boston office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

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AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE: Post-Trial Responsibilities:
Ethics and Implementation

Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Registration for the conference is open now! Register online. Conference Description Who: Clinical research sponsors, investigators, funders, regulators, trial participants, and…

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The Obscure Part of Obamacare That Takes On Executive Pay

Washington Post, August 27, 2014
by Jason Millman

We all know Obamacare is a pretty big law, with plenty of obscure provisions that don't get much attention. For one, the law targets big executive pay packages at health…

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World Health Organization Urges Stronger Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes

New York Times, August 26, 2014
by David Jolly and Sabrina Tavernise

Governments should ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and outlaw tactics to lure young users, the World Health Organization said in a report released on Tuesday that calls for…

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Medicare Star Ratings Allow Nursing Homes to Game the System

New York Times, August 24, 2014
by Katie Thomas

[...] An examination of the rating system by The New York Times has found that Rosewood and many other top-ranked nursing homes have been given a seal of approval that is based…

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A Drug Naming Dispute, with Billions on the Line

Washington Post, August 21, 2014
by Jason Millman

[...] With a new wave of cheaper versions of biologic drugs expected to soon become available in the United States, the health-care industry is still fighting over key ground rules…

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Legal Marijuana for Parents, but Not Their Kids

New York Times, August 18, 2014
by Tara Parker-Pope

[...] Antidrug advocates say efforts to legalize marijuana have created new challenges as they work to educate teenagers and their parents about the unique risks that alcohol, marijuana and other…

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In Study, Questions About Who Should Perform In-Office Surgeries

Kaiser Health News, August 18, 2014
by Shefali Luthra

One of the hopes embedded in the health law was to expand the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in addressing the nation’s shortage of primary care providers. But…

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West Africa’s Ebola Epidemic Spreads

On Point , August 18, 2014
by Jane Clayson

More than one thousand people dead, more than two thousand infected. Ebola continues to spread across West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. The worst outbreak in history.  And still not…

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Who Gets First Dibs On Transplanted Liver?

NPR, August 14, 2014
by Rob Stein

[...] "Either it's a jackpot and you have very, very easy access to a lifesaving liver — if you lived in Indiana or if you lived in Louisiana or Florida,"…

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Ebola Crisis and Rationing

CCTV Mandarin, August 13, 2014
by CCTV Broadcaster, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen appeared on CCTV Mandarin to discuss the rationing and usage of experimental drugs for the Ebola outbreak.

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Expanding waistlines will cause 3,500 more cancers each year, study finds:

The Guardian, August 13, 2014
by Sarah Boseley

[...] Dr Bhaskaran said he hoped the findings would help governments take "courageous action" to tackle the obesity. "It will require action in various different areas. We need to look…

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Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs, says WHO:

BBC News, August 12, 2014

The WHO said it was ethical in light of the scale of the outbreak and high number of deaths - more than 1,000 people have died in West Africa. The…

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29 States Seek Tighter E-Cigarette Regulations

New York Times, August 8, 2014
by Elizabeth A. Harris

Twenty-nine state attorneys general on Friday urged the Food and Drug Administration to strengthen its proposed regulations on electronic cigarettes, a business that has exploded into a $2.5 billion industry…

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WHO: Ebola ‘an international emergency’

BBC News, August 8, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of Ebola in West Africa an international health emergency. WHO officials said a coordinated international response was essential to stop and…

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Medical ethicists to meet on use of experimental Ebola drugs:

Al Jazeera America, August 8, 2014
by Courtney Brooks

Medical ethicists will meet next week to discuss the use of experimental medicines in the West Africa Ebola outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the talks in the wake…

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Obama Signs $16.3B Overhaul Of Vets’ Health Care System

Kaiser Health News, August 8, 2014

Military veterans who have been suffering long waiting times for medical care or live significant distances from VA facilities should be able to turn to private doctors almost immediately as a result of…

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In New Calculus on Smoking, It’s Health Gained vs. Pleasure Lost

New York Times, August 6, 2014
by Sabrina Tavernise

WASHINGTON — Rarely has the concept of happiness caused so much consternation in public health circles. Buried deep in the federal government’s voluminous new tobacco regulations is a little-known cost-benefit calculation that…

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First federal gluten-free regulation takes effect

Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2014
by Mary Macvean

Regulations that tell consumers just what it means when a product is labeled “gluten free” take effect on Friday — a “major milestone,” says one of the leading experts on…

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The Recovering Americans and the ‘Top Secret’ Ebola Treatment:

Atlantic, August 4, 2014
by James Hamblin

Because Kent Brantly is a physician who has watched people die of Ebola, there was an especially chilling prescience to his assessmentlast week, between labored breaths: "I am going to die."…

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One Step To Combat Obesity: Make Stairs More Attractive

NPR, August 4, 2014
by Flora Lichtman

If there's a single invention that helped shape New York City, literally, it might be the elevator. Along with steel frame construction, the elevator allowed New York City to grow…

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Toledo mayor lifts water use ban after contamination:

Al Jazeera America, August 4, 2014

A water ban that had hundreds of thousands of people in Ohio and Michigan scrambling for drinking water has been lifted, Toledo's mayor announced Monday. Ohio's fourth-largest city had warned…

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Newly Insured, Many Now Face Learning Curve

New York Times, August 2, 2014
by Abby Goodnough

PHILADELPHIA — Advocates of the Affordable Care Act, focused until now on persuading people to buy health insurance, have moved to a crucial new phase: making sure the eight million Americans who…

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Johnson & Johnson Praised for Taking Uterine Surgery Tools Off Market

New York Times, July 31, 2014
by Katie Thomas

Johnson & Johnson, which has come under withering criticism for its response to problems with some of its medical devices, won cautious praise from critics on Thursday for its decision…

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F.D.A. Acts on Lab Tests Developed In-House

New York Times, July 31, 2014
by Andrew Pollack

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that it would start regulating medical laboratory testing, saying that tests used to make important treatment decisions must be vetted and validated…

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Hospitals Fight Proposed Changes In The Training Of Doctors

NPR, July 31, 2014
by Julie Rovner

An influential report that urges sweeping changes in how the federal government subsidizes the training of doctors has brought out the sharp scalpels of those who would be most immediately…

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A Surrogacy Agency That Delivered Heartache

New York Times, July 27, 2014
by Tamar Lewin

[...] The emerging Planet Hospital story, which Mr. Rupak characterized as one of mismanagement rather than fraud, stands as a cautionary tale about the proliferation of unregulated surrogacy agencies, their lack…

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Appeals court rules FDA can continue allowing antibiotics in animal feed:

Al Jazeera America, July 24, 2014
by Marisa Taylor

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can continue its policy of allowing widespread antibiotic use in animal feed – a practice believed by…

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FDA Regulation of Mobile Health Technologies

NEJM, July 24, 2014
by Nathan G. Cortez, J.D., I. Glenn Cohen, J.D., and Aaron S. Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has published a new co-authored article in the New England Journal of Medicine on FDA regulation of new mobile health technologies. From the article: Medicine…

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Food Safety in China Still Faces Big Hurdles

New York Times, July 23, 2014
by Michael Moss and Neil Gough

China has been scrambling to right its gargantuan processed-food ship ever since six infants died and thousands more were hospitalized with kidney damage in 2008 from milk adulterated with an…

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Arkansas Weighs Plan To Make Some Medicaid Enrollees Fund Savings Accounts

Kaiser Health News, July 22, 2014
by Michele Andrews

If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those that don't may have to…

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Three person IVF plans ‘progress’ in UK:

BBC News, July 22, 2014

A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health. But a number of technical and scientific details need to be finalised…

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Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems

NPR, July 21, 2014
by Nell GreenfieldBoyce

No one likes it when a new drug in people's medicine cabinets turns out to have problems — just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was…

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California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers:

ProPublica, July 18, 2014
by Abraham Lustgarten

California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of…

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Petrie-Flom Center Launches New Book on Human Subjects Research Regulation

MIT Press, August 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), eds.

The Petrie-Flom Center is pleased to announce publication of Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future (MIT Press 2014), co-edited by Petrie-Flom Center Faculty Director, I. Glenn Cohen, and Executive…

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EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers

NPR, July 16, 2014
by Bill Chappell

Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said this week.…

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Misjudgements will drive social trials underground:

Nature, July 16, 2014
by Michelle Meyer (Academic Fellow Alumna) et al.

Former Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Michelle N. Meyer has joined with a group of other scholars to defend the recently publicized social contagion experiment conducted by Facebook, arguing that the experiment…

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Lapses at high-security CDC labs reveal culture of negligence:

Christian Science Monitor, July 16, 2014
by Noelle Swan

Revelations of safety breaches at federal biosecurity laboratories reveal gaping holes in safety protocols, a lack of independent oversight, and an apparent culture of hubris among researchers who work with…

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Cigarette maker Reynolds to buy Lorillard for $27.4 billion

LA Times, July 15, 2015
by Bloomberg

ynolds American Inc., the producer of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, agreed to buy rival Lorillard Inc. for $27.4 billion including debt in a deal that reduces the 400-year-old U.S.…

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Abortion Clinic Protections Proposed in Massachusetts

New York Times, July 14, 2014
by Jess Bidgood

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers expressed support for a bill filed on Monday that they say would address safety concerns that arose when theUnited States Supreme Court last month struck down 35-foot buffer zones…

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Women forced to travel as Deep South closes doors on abortion clinics:

Al Jazeera America, July 12, 2014
by Ashley Cleek

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – When Kew found out she was pregnant, she knew immediately that she wanted to have an abortion. So she did a web search for “abortion clinic in…

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