Returning Results to Research Participants
A Health Policy and Bioethics Consortium

Friday, February 10, 2017 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2016-2017
Room TBD
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Clinical investigators, public health advocates, and IRBs have been struggling to develop appropria...

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REGISTER NOW! Paying Research Participants:
Ethical and Regulatory Parameters

Friday, December 09, 2016 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Conferences
2016-2017
Milstein East ABC (2036), Wasserstein Hall
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Description

This symposium will bring together a variety of experts to discuss key ethical and leg...

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Concurrent Surgeries:
Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues

Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2016-2017
Pound Hall 101, Ballantine Classroom
Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Concurrent, or overlapping, surgeries involve the simultaneous scheduling of substantial portions o...

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Health Care after the Election

Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2016-2017
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West AB (2019)
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Description:

As we approach the 2016 presidential election and change of administration, there are...

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Medical Assistance in Dying and ‘Suicide Tourism’ to Canada:

Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, July 31, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) & Konstanin Tretyakov

Abstract:      

Bill C-14 was introduced by the government of Canada...

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A Small Town Struggles With A Boom In Sober Living Homes

NPR, August 22, 2016
by Will Stone

[...] Group homes are generally easy to start, cheap to run and, in states like Arizona, large...

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Whose Lives Should Be Saved? To Help Shape Policy, Researchers in Maryland Ask the Public

New York Times, August 21, 2016
by Sheri Fink

[...] The effort is among the first times, Dr. Daugherty Biddison said, that a state has gathered i...

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After IVF, Some Struggle With What To Do With Leftover Embryos

NPR, August 20, 2016
by Juli Fraga

[...] A study published in the March issue of the journal Fertility and Sterili...

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Radio Sputnik Interview: Medical Tourism

Radio Sputnik, August 19, 2016
by Interview with I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

As health care costs continue to rise in the United States, more and more Americans are now opting...

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Aetna Warned DOJ: Block Humana Merger And We’ll Pull Out Of ACA Markets

Kaiser Health News, August 18, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

A let...

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The Battle to Regulate Cosmetics

"On Point," WBUR (NPR Boston), August 17, 2016
by Tom Ashbrook, Interviewing

What’s in your cosmetics and can it be harmful to your health? We’ll look at the new ca...

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Debate Flares on China’s Use of Prisoners’ Organs as Experts Meet in Hong Kong

New York Times, August 17, 2016
by Didi Kirsten Tatlow

HONG KONG — An acrimonious debate over China’s use of prisoners’ organs for...

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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 OpenB...

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​One Of The Biggest Lessons Lawmakers Learned From Zika? Don’t Rely On Lawmakers

Kaiser Health News, August 15, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

While...

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More Small, Midsized Firms Choose To Pay Workers’ Medical Costs Directly

Kaiser Health News, August 12, 2016
by Michelle Andrews

Instead of buying a health insurance policy to cover their workers, a growing number of small and m...

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Nigeria to start emergency polio campaign

BBC News, August 12, 2016

Nigeria has announced an emergency mass polio vaccination campaign in the north-east after two new...

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With Congress Deadlocked, White House Diverts Funds to Fight Zika

New York Times, August 11, 2016
by Julie Hirschfield Davis

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday said it was shifting $81 million away from...

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Obamacare Appears to Be Making People Healthier

New York Times, August 11, 2016
by Margot Sanger-Katz

[...] A few recent studies suggest that people have become less likely to have medical de...

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Obama Administration Set to Remove Barrier to Marijuana Research

New York Times, August 10, 2016
by Catherine Saint Louis and Matt Apuzzo

The Obama administration is planning to remove a major roadblock to marijuana research, officials s...

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DEA Rejects Attempt To Loosen Federal Restrictions On Marijuana

NPR, August 10, 2016
by Carrie Johnson

The Obama administration has denied a bid by two Democratic governors to reconsider how it treats m...

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When Pregnant Women Need Medicine, They Encounter A Void

NPR, August 8, 2016
by Rae Ellen Bichell

[...] But the CDC acknowledges that as pregnant women aren't usually included in drug safety st...

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Zika-Fighting GMO Mosquito Gets FDA Approval For Testing

NPR, August 6, 2016
by Greg Allen

The FDA has approved field trials of a genetically engineered mosquito designed to combat Zika and...

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Insurance Rules Can Hamper Recovery From Opioid Addiction

NPR, August 5, 2016
by Jake Harper

[...] The prior authorization process adds work for doctors and their staff, says Dr. And...

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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&...

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Vexing Question on Patient Surveys: Did We Ease Your Pain?

New York Times, August 4, 2016
by Jan Hoffman and Sabrina Tavernise

The questionnaire arrives in the mail a few days after a patient’s discharge from the hospita..

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NIH Plans To Lift Ban On Research Funds For Part-Human, Part-Animal Embryos

NPR, August 4, 2016
by Rob Stein

The federal government announced plans Thursday to lift a moratorium on funding of certain controve...

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Obamacare Expansion A Bumpy Ride For Rural Health Clinics

Kaiser Health News, August 3, 2016
by Pauline Bartolone

A network of clinics that serves low-income patients in rural Northern California is finally findin...

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Aetna Backs Off Plans to Expand Its ACA Business:

Wall Street Journal, August 2, 2016
by Anna Wilde Matthews

Aetna Inc. became the last of the five major national health insurers to project a loss o...

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Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

AP, August 2, 2016
by Jeff Donan

HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) — It's one of the most universal recommendations in all of public heal...

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Zika Surge in Miami Neighborhood Prompts Travel Warning

New York Times, August 1, 2016
by Pam Belluck

Federal health officials on Monday urged pregnant women to stay away from a Miami neighborhood wher...

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Denied Coverage For Surgery, Transgender Man Sues His Insurance Provider

NPR, August 1, 2016
by Will Stone

A transgender man in Phoenix is suing his employer in federal court to pay for sex reassignment sur...

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Zika Cases in Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing

New York Times, July 30, 2016
by Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

SAN JUAN, P.R. — The Zika epidemic that has spread from Brazil to the rest of Latin America i...

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6 More State Workers Charged in Flint Water Crisis

New York Times, July 29, 2016
by Amy Haimerl and Abby Goodnough

FLINT, Mich. — State prosecutors filed criminal charges against six more government workers h...

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F.D.A. Says 2 Florida Counties With Zika Cases Should Suspend Blood Donations

New York Times, July 28, 2016
by Associated Press

MIAMI — Federal officials want to suspend blood donations in two Florida counties where offic...

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To Help Obamacare, Anthem Says Larger Penalties, Enrollment Changes Help

Forbes, July 28, 2016
by Bruce Japsen

Anthem executives say larger penalties for Americans who don’t sign up for health insurance a...

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Stem Cell Therapies Are Still Mostly Theory, Yet Clinics Are Flourishing

New York Times, July 28, 2016
by Gina Kolata

Health regulators in the United States are talked about as the best in the world, but a new study o...

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Warning: Government Listing Of Clinical Trials Doesn’t Disclose Costs To Patients

Kaiser Health News, July 28, 2016
by Emily Bazar

[...] The ClinicialTrials.gov website, run by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through itsNa...

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Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score 5 Stars In Medicare’s New Ratings

Kaiser Health News, July 27, 2016
by Jordan Rau

The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping av...

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Sen. Tim Kaine’s Record On Health Care:

NPR, July 27, 2016
by Rachel Bluth

As he takes the stage Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, vice p...

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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 th...

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$1B Fraud Case Shines Light On Lucrative Medicare Black Market

Kaiser Health News, July 25, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Three...

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Surgeon Says Apps May Turn Organ Donation Support Into ‘Concrete Action’

Kaiser Health News, July 25, 2016
by Zhai Yun Tan

Users of Tinder, the popular online dating app, usually swipe right on their mobile screens to gain...

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Olympus Told U.S. Executives No Broad Scope Warning Needed Despite Superbug Outbreaks

Kaiser Health News, July 24, 2016
by Chad Terhune

Faced with superbug outbreaks in three countries by early 2013, Japanese device giant Olympus Corp....

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Farm to fork:

"Reveal," NPR, Updated July 23, 2016
by Julia B. Chan

UPDATE, July 23, 2016: We followed up on what’s happened since we first told you about t...

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Beer Bottles Will Soon Include A Reality Check:

NPR, July 21, 2016
by Allison Aubrey

Since calorie labeling on most alcoholic beverages is voluntary, it's often hard to know how ma...

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Sperm Banks Accused of Losing Samples and Lying About Donors

New York Times, July 21, 2016
by Tamar Lewin

[...] The Robertsons’ case is part of a new wave of lawsuits against sperm banks, highli...

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Mike Pence’s Health Policy Record Is A Mixed Bag

Kaiser Health News, July 21, 2016
by Jake Harper, WFYI

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is in the spotlight this week as the man Donald Trump has picked to be his...

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​Justice Department Sues To Block Health Care Mega-Mergers

Kaiser Health News, July 21, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

The d...

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Anti-Abortion Forces Regroup in Wake of Supreme Court Decision

Kaiser Health News, July 20, 2016
by Julie Rovner

Delegates at the Republican convention in Cleveland have approved the strongest anti-abortion platf...

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Montana’s ‘Pain Refugees’ Leave State To Get Prescribed Opioids

NPR, July 20, 2016
by Corin Cates-Carney

Federal authorities say about 78 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. In Montana, health c...

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5 ways to avoid fighting over frozen embryos

Futurity, July 18, 2016
by David Orenstein-Brown, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] In a new paper, two experts review this history and propose five specific guidelines. The res...

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Generic Crestor Wins Approval, Dealing a Blow to AstraZeneca

New York Times, July 20, 2016
by Andrew Pollack

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it had approved generic versions of...

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How the Government Supports Your Junk Food Habit

New York Times, July 19, 2016
by Anahad O'Connor

At a time when almost three-quarters of the country is overweight or obese, it comes as no surprise...

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Zika Data From the Lab, and Right to the Web

New York Times, July 18, 2016
by Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

MADISON, Wis. — Of the hundreds of monkeys in the University of Wisconsin’s primat...

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Pence’s Unwavering Crusade Against Abortion And What It Means For Trump

Kaiser Health News, July 18, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

By pi...

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Will Federal Officials Practice What They Preach Over Aggressive Insurance Rate Reviews?

Kaiser Health News, July 18, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Four...

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Reefer Madness! Medical Marijuana Is Already Saving $165M Per Year For Medicare

Forbes, July 18, 2016
by Steven Salzberg

[...] A new study in the journal Health Affairs looked in great detail at presc...

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Herbalife Agrees To Pay $200 Million To Settle Complaints It Deceived Consumers

NPR, July 15, 2016
by Jim Zarroli

Herbalife has agreed to pay $200 million to reimburse consumers who lost money on its nutrition sup...

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House approves bill to shield anti-abortion healthcare workers

The Hill, July 13, 2016
by Sarah Ferris

The House on Wednesday approved a controversial abortion bill that supporters say would help shield...

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Senate Approves Bill to Combat Opioid Addiction Crisis

New York Times, July 13, 2016
by Emmarie Huetteman

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to tackle the nation’s opioid cris...

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National Health Spending to Surpass $10,000 a Person in 2016

New York Times, July 13, 2016
by Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — National health spending will average more than $10,000 a person this year for t...

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Lower-cost biotech drug gets thumbs up from FDA panel

Washington Post, July 12, 2016
by Matthew Perrone, AP

WASHINGTON — The second-biggest selling drug in the world could get some cheaper competition...

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With Eye On Sanders’ Endorsement, Clinton Offers Expanded Health Care Proposal

Kaiser Health News, July 11, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Hilla...

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More Nonsmoking Teens Inhaling Flavored Nicotine Through Vaping

New York Times, July 11, 2016
by Rachel Rabkin Peachman

[...] When e-cigarettes came on the market in 2007, some public health experts hoped that they woul...

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Consumer Group:

Kaiser Health News, July 11, 2016

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Publi...

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Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos Is Barred From Running Lab for 2 Years

New York Times, July 8, 2016
by Andrew Pollack

Federal regulators have barred Elizabeth Holmes, chief executive of Theranos, from owning or operat...

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Juno Halts Cancer Trial Using Gene-Altered Cells After 3 Deaths

New York Times, July 7, 2016
by Andrew Pollack

Three patients in a study testing the use of genetically engineered cells as a treatment for c...

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VA Panel Report To Suggest More Private Care Choices For Veterans

NPR, July 6, 2016
by Quil Lawrence

The debate over how to overhaul the $10 billion Veterans Choice program is the latest skirmish betw...

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A Trojan Horse?

Ohio State Law Journal, 2017 (forthcoming)
by Christopher T. Robertson (Academic Fellow alumnus)

Abstract:      
Scholars, advocates, and courts have begun to recogni...

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After Medical Marijuana Legalized, Medicare Prescriptions Drop For Many Drugs

NPR, July 6, 2016
by Shefali Luthra

Prescription drug prices continue to climb, putting the pinch on consumers. Some older Americans ap...

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Obama Administration Eases Restrictions On Doctors Who Treat Opioid Addiction

NPR, July 6, 2016
by Alison Kodjak

The Obama administration is making it easier for people addicted to opioids to get treatment.

Heal...

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Bosses in the Bedroom:

In Law, Religion, and Health in the United States (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, Elizabeth Sepper, eds.), forthcoming 2017, Cambridge University Press, Published online July 5, 2016
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Gregory Curfman

Abstract:

This chapter uses the controversy over mandated contraceptive coverage in employer healt...

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Evaluating Offers of Payment to Research Participants

Dana Farber Cancer Institute Ethics Grand Rounds, June 15, 2016
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) & Emily Largent (Student Fellow alumna)

DFCI Ethics Grand Rounds

Evaluating Offers of Payment to Research Participants

Holly Fernandez Ly...

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Need For Blood In Orlando Raises Questions About Wisdom Of Banning Donors Due To Sexual Orientation

Forbes, June 14, 2016
by Rita Rubin, reviewing article by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), Jeremy Feigenbaum, and Eli Y. Adashi

Excerpt from the article:

[...] In a 2014 “viewpoint” article in the Journal of t...

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FDA Regulations Limit Blood Donations From Gay Men

CBS San Francisco, June 14, 2016
by Holly Quan, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from the article:

On World Blood Donation Day and in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting...

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After The Orlando Massacre, Many In The LGBTQ Community Are Turned Away From Giving Blood

Greater Boston (WGBH), June 14, 2016
by Nikki Blank, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Excerpt from interview:

Early in the 1980's, there was a lifetime ban or deferral for any man...

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Preventing Mitochondrial DNA Diseases: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Journal of the American Medical Association, June 9, 2016
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Eli Y. Adashi

From the article:

On February 3, 2016, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its Ethical a...

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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 pu...

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FDA’s Punt on Finalizing the Generic Drug Labeling Rule: Experts Debate

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, May 19, 2016
by Zachary Brennan, featuring Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow)

From the article: 

Rachel Sachs, JD, an academic fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health...

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