FDA’s Impact on Pharmaceutical Innovation:
A lecture by Neil Flanzraich

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
TBD

The Petrie-Flom Center will host a lecture by Neil Flanzraich, who graduated from HLS in 1968 and was appointed by Dean Martha Minow…

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Health Law Workshop: Rachel Sachs

Monday, April 13, 2015 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 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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REGISTER NOW: Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 30, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Please join us for the Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review symposium, with leading experts discussing major developments during…

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Outbreak: Developing New Medical Products for Epidemics,
A lecture by Peter Hutt

Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Hauser Hall 102
1575 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

The recent outbreak of Ebola has called attention to the substantial difficulties associated with developing and testing new products for…

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Citing Health Risks, Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York State

New York Times, December 17, 2014
by Thomas Kaplan

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of debate over a method…

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Rules for babies ‘from three people’

BBC News, December 17, 2014
by James Gallagher

The rules for creating babies from three people - which state only two would be classed as parents - have been announced by the UK government. The fertility technique uses…

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Congress To Nutritionists:

NPR, December 15, 2014
by Dan Charles

A government-appointed group of top nutrition experts, assigned to lay the scientific groundwork for a new version of the nation's dietary guidelines, decided earlier this year to collect data on the environmental…

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Traveling patients, traveling disease:

OUPblog, December 14, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Many in the media and academia (myself included) have been discussing the Ebola crisis, and more specifically, the issues that arise as Ebola has traveled with infected patients and health…

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China’s E-Cigarette Boom Lacks Oversight for Safety

New York Times, December 13, 2014
by David Barboza

SHENZHEN, China — In a grimy workshop, among boiling vats of chemicals, factory workers are busy turning stainless steel rods into slender tube casings, a crucial component of electronic cigarettes.…

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Food allergy laws enforced in restaurants and takeaways

BBC News, December 11, 2014
by Smitha Mundasad

Restaurants and takeaways across Europe will be required by law to tell customers if their food contains ingredients known to trigger allergies. Staff must provide information on 14 everyday allergens…

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Ebola outbreak:

BBC News, December 10, 2014
by Tulip Mazumdar

The Ebola virus that has killed thousands in West Africa is still "running ahead" of efforts to contain it, the head of the World Health Organization has said. Director general…

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Request for Public Commentary on Public Health Emergency Response to Ebola

Request for Public Commentary on Public Health Emergency Response to Ebola
Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Deadline: February 06, 2015

Request for Public Commentary At its meeting on November 6, 2014, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) began its consideration of the complex ethical landscape of…

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Health Journalism 2015: Fellowships

Health Journalism 2015: Fellowships
Association of Health Care Journalists

Deadline: March 02, 2015

AHCJ, with the support of several health foundations, is able to offer a number of fellowships to health journalists. The application deadline for the following fellowships is March 2, 2015:

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Traveling Overseas for Medical Care

WOSU (NPR), December 10, 2014
by All Sides with Ann Fisher, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the WOSU:All-inclusive vacations might feature a stay in a luxury hotel, gourmet meals, and in some cases, a hip replacement. Companies that specialize in medical tourism help patients in the…

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Nursing Homes Rarely Penalized For Oversedating Patients

NPR, December 9, 2014
by Ina Jaffe

Antipsychotic drugs have helped many people with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. But for older people with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, they can be deadly.…

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Bioethics Funding Opportunity: Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas

Bioethics Funding Opportunity: Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas
The Greenwall Foundation

Deadline: January 12, 2015

New Bioethics Program, Spring 2015 Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas The Greenwall Foundation will fund a bioethics grants program, Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas to support research…

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FDA Advisors Not Sold on Lifting Ban on Gay Men Giving Blood

Philly.com, December 3, 2014
by Dennis Thomson, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] The FDA first adopted the policy at the dawn of the AIDS crisis. However, changing times and technological advances have rendered the decades-old ban obsolete, according to Glenn Cohen,…

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FDA Revamps System Explaining the Risks of Medicines During Pregnancy

New York Times, December 3, 2014
by Sabrina Tavernise

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday changed how drug companies are required to present the risks of taking medicine during pregnancy and while breast-feeding, replacing a system that officials described as confusing and outdated…

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FDA Considers Allowing Blood Donations from Some Gay Men

NPR, December 2, 2014
by Rob Stein

The Food and Drug Administration is considering revising a ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with other men. An FDA advisory committee Tuesday mulled the issues raised by…

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Decades-old ban on blood donations from gay men to be revisited

MSNBC, December 1, 2014
by Andrea Mitchell interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Petrie-Flom Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen, who co-wrote the argument against the ban on gay male blood donation in the Journal of the American Medical Association, joins NBC's Andrea Mitchell to…

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Will FDA Lift Gay Blood Donor Ban?

NewsMax Health, December 1, 2014
by Quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] "They really are out of step with the rest of the world," Glenn Cohen, a Harvard Law School professor, told the Post. In a recent article in the Journal of the…

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US FDA to Consider Lifting Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood:

International Business Times, November 30, 2014
by Hannah Osborne, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Speaking of the forthcoming discussion, Glenn Cohen, a medical ethics professor at Harvard Law School, said: "It's a little crazy that you can shed blood for your country, but you…

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Government could ease 31-year-old ban on blood donations from gay men

Washington Post, November 29, 2014
by Brady Dennis, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] “They really are out of step with the rest of the world,” said Glenn Cohen, a Harvard Law School professor who with two colleagues recently argued in the Journal…

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FDA weighs lifting ban on blood donations from gay men

The Hill, November 28, 2014
by Sarah Ferris, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] “The public health rationale for this ban has kind of been packed away,” said Glenn Cohen, a medical ethics professor at Harvard Law School who criticized the ban in…

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Law Professor Discusses Medical Tourism

Harvard Crimson, November 20, 2014
by Katherine H. Scott, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

When most people hear the word “tourism,” they immediately think of flocking to the sandy beaches of the Caribbean or exploring museums in a European city. For Harvard Law School…

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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 Massachusetts 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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Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125 Million

NPR, November 19, 2014
by Scott Hensley

[...] Duke health economist David Ridley, one of the intellectual architects behind the voucher law, told Shots that he "was delighted" by the sale. "I think we're much closer to…

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Laws Spreading That Allow Terminal Patients Access To Experimental Drugs

Kaiser Health News, November 18, 2014
by Michelle Andrews

Earlier this month, Arizona voters approved a referendum that allows terminally ill patients to receive experimental drugs and devices. It’s the fifth state to approve a “right-to-try” law this year. Supporters say…

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Program Manager for Outside Activities

Program Manager for Outside Activities
Office of Academic and Research Integrity, Harvard Medical School

Deadline: Open until filled.

Duties and Responsibilities Reporting to the Associate Director for Academic and Research Integrity, this position is responsible for managing the annual Faculty of Medicine individual outside activity/financial interest reporting process at Harvard Medical School (HMS)…

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Medical Records: Top Secret

The New York Times, November 08, 2014
by Elisabeth Rosenthal, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: […] In a digital age when we can transfer money to purchase a house online or view a college transcript by logging on to a secure website,…

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Juvenile Death With Dignity? U.K. Case May Hurt Aid in Dying Push

NBC News, November 07, 2014
by Bill Briggs, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  […] “Many groups pushing for more end of life options find these kinds of cases to be political kryptonite and want to be able to say ‘that's…

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Health Law Workshop: Matt Lamkin

Monday, November 03, 2014 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, Room 110
1525 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Download the Presentation Topic Paper: "Regulating Identity: Medical Regulation as Social Control" Matt Lamkin is Assistant Professor of Law at the…

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Regulating the Organ Market: Normative Foundations for Market Regulation

Social Science Research Network, November 03, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract:       Should organs for transplant be bought and sold? There is a developed literature providing various arguments against organ markets and/or refuting those arguments. There is also a developing literature…

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New Rules for Human-Subject Research Are Delayed and Debated

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 3, 2014
by Christopher Shea, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  When I. Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School and director of a bioethics center there, helped to organize a conference in 2012 about the future…

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An Interview with I. Glenn Cohen on Ebola Quarantines

America's Forum, Newsmax TV, October 31, 2014
by Nick Tate, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen joins Newsmax's Deputy health editor to discuss the Ebola quarantines. Why are some medical professionals breaking quarantine, such as the doctor being treated for Ebola in…

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The Journal of Law and Biosciences: Call for Graduate Student Submissions

The Journal of Law and Biosciences: Call for Graduate Student Submissions

Deadline: November 30, 2014

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School collaborates with Stanford and Duke Universities to publish The Journal of Law and Biosciences (Oxford University Press),…

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In a First, Mass. Town May Prohibit Tobacco Sales

Boston Globe, October 28, 2014
by Kay Lazar

The Central Massachusetts town of Westminster would become the first community in the state, and perhaps the nation, to ban all tobacco sales under a proposal made public Monday that regulators…

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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

he Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law and The Food Law Lab at Harvard…

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Tobacco Product Regulatory Science Position

Tobacco Product Regulatory Science Position
Georgia State University College of Law

Deadline: December 01, 2014

Georgia State University College of Law currently seeks qualified applicants for a tenure‐track Assistant/Associate/Full Professor specializing in tobacco product regulatory science. This position is part of a university‐wide interdisciplinary hiring initiative.

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Screening of Fed Up

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall
Harvard Law School, 1575 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Documentary Synopsis:Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. Fed Up is the film…

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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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Dangerous Dietary Supplements Return to Store Shelves

New York Times, October 21, 2014
by Anahad O'Connor

The Food and Drug Administration frequently recalls dietary supplements that are found to contain banned substances. But a new study suggests that many of these products return to store shelves…

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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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First Two Chapters of “Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics” Available for Free

Social Science Research Network, October 19, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014) is the first comprehensive legal and ethical analysis of medical tourism. Examining both the legal and ethical issues raised by medical…

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Organs Without Borders? Allocating Transplant Organs, Foreigners, and the Importance of the Natio…

Social Science Research Network, October 19, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract:       Most of the discussion of market or non-market forms of allocating and procuring organs takes as its unit of analysis the nation state, or, less commonly a particular state…

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The Biggest Backlog in the Federal Government

Washington Post, October 18, 2014
by David A. Fahrenthold

In an obscure corner of the federal bureaucracy, there is an office that is 990,399 cases behind. That is Washington’s backlog of backlogs — a queue of waiting Americans larger…

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Beyond Brittany: Assisted Suicides Happen in Every State, Insiders Say

NBC News, October 18, 2014
by Bill Briggs, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  [...] Indeed, one of the three choices for terminally ill Americans seeking a physician’s aid to end their lives is to “get illegal assistance in your home…

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​Nudging the FDA

The American Interest, October 17, 2014
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow alumnus) and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: [...] The FDA’s regulation of drugs is frequently the subject of policy debate, with arguments falling into two camps. On the one hand, a libertarian view of patients…

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