Health Law Workshop: Rachel Sachs

Monday, April 13, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
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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Health Law Workshop: Matt Lamkin

Monday, November 03, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
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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Emerging Issues and New Frontiers for FDA Regulation

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
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
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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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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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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US disease labs ‘made dangerous pathogen transport errors’:

BBC News, July 11, 2014

This year alone, workers mishandled samples of anthrax and the highly-infectious H5N1 avian flu. In response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has closed the two labs involved.…

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Synthetic cannabis ‘not medicinal’, EU top court says

BBC News, July 10, 2014

The EU's top court says designer drugs that mimic cannabis, which are already illegal in many countries, cannot be classed as medicinal. If a drug is not "medicinal" then it…

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VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE: Using Big Data To Transform Care

HealthAffairs, July 9, 2014
by Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The application of big data to transform health care delivery, health research, and health policy is underway, and its potential is limitless.  The July 2014 issue of Health Affairs, "Using Big…

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Race Is On to Profit From Rise of Urgent Care

New York Times, July 9, 2014
by Julie Cresswell

[...] But what is happening here is also playing out across the nation, as private equity investment firms, sensing opportunity, invest billions in urgent care and related businesses. Since 2008, these investors…

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Last-Resort Antibiotics In Jeopardy As Use Rises Globally

NPR, July 9, 2014
by Michaeleen Doucleff

The total doses of antibiotics sold in clinics and pharmacies around the world rose 36 percent from 2000 to 2010, scientists reported Wednesday. The finding, published in The Lancet Infectious Disease, comes from the first…

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Study: Hospitals Using Electronic Medical Records Not Bilking Medicare

Kaiser Health News, July 8, 2014
by Eric Whitney

A new study says there's no need to worry about hospitals using their new electronic medical records to generate bigger bills and boost their income. It's been a concern since…

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Some Insurance Companies Ask Their Customers to Cross the Border for Care:

New Republic, July 7, 2014
by Adam Teicholz and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen has co-authored a new piece in New Republic on the practice adopted by some insurance companies of sending clients across the border for less expensive care. From…

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Coming to U.S. for Baby, and Womb to Carry It:

New York Times, July 5, 2014
by Tamar Lewin

[...] In an era of globalization, the market for children crosses national borders; witness the longtime flow of Americans who have gone overseas to adopt babies from South Korea, China,…

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Berkeley mulls proposal to provide free medical marijuana:

Al Jazeera America, July 3, 2014

If a new proposal passes a final City Council vote next week in Berkeley, California, poor and low-income medical marijuana users in the city will no longer have to worry…

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Politicians’ Prescriptions for Marijuana Defy Doctors and Data

New York Times, June 26, 2014
by Catherine Saint Louis

New York moved last week to join 22 states in legalizing medical marijuana for patients with a diverse array of debilitating ailments, encompassing epilepsy and cancer, Crohn’s disease and Parkinson’s.…

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