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

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Griswold Hall, 110
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

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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King v. Burwell and the Future of the Affordable Care Act:
A Conference

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Conferences
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

This Term, in King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court will consider whether the Affordable Care Act permits the government to extend…

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UPDATED AGENDA: Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 30, 2015 7:45 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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A “Natural” Experiment:
Consumer Confusion and Food Claims, a lecture by Efthimios Parasidis

Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
2014-2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

What makes food "natural"? Do consumers understand "natural" claims on food labels? In the absence of robust federal guidelines, are…

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Cigarette package law to be voted on by MPs before election:

BBC News, January 22, 2015

It follows a series of public consultations on the issue. Public Health Minister Jane Ellison told MPs the move was likely to have a positive impact on public health, particularly…

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Rocketing vaccine cost warning:

BBC News, January 20, 2015
by James Gallagher

A report by the charity says there has been a 68-fold increase in prices between 2001 and 2014. It accused the pharmaceutical industry of overcharging and highlighted cases where rich…

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U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit:

New York Times, January 19, 2015
by Michael Moss

[...] These experiments are not the work of a meat processor or rogue operation. They are conducted by a taxpayer-financed federal institution called the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, a complex…

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What’s Most Likely To Kill You? Hint:

NPR, January 19, 2015
by Jason Beaubien

Noncommunicable diseases have become the leading killers around the globe. In 2012, two-thirds of all deaths worldwide were the result of conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory…

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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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Mayor de Blasio and Rabbis Near Accord on New Circumcision Rule

New York Times, January 14, 2015
by Sharon Otterman

In November last year, a newborn boy in Brooklyn was brought to his pediatrician’s office because he was being unusually fussy after feedings. The doctor discovered a cluster of lesions…

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Research Project Grant Funding Opportunity

Research Project Grant Funding Opportunity
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Deadline: January 19, 2015

Funding Opportunity Title: Empirical Research on Ethical Issues Related to Central IRBs and Consent for Research Using Clinical Records and Data (R01) Activity Code: R01 Research Project Grant Announcement Type: Reissuance of RFA-OD-14-002 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)…

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Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications

Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications
Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL), Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital

Deadline: February 20, 2015

The Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Medicine and Harvard Medical School invites its 2015 round of applications for postdoctoral fellows in pharmaceutical law and health services research. Current…

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First biosimilar drug set to enter US market:

Nature, January 13, 2015
by Heidi Ledford, quoting W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

[...] The FDA is expected to make a final decision by May. But even as Sandoz prepares to sell its drug in the United States, it is embroiled in a…

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Supreme Court Battle Brewing Over Medicaid Fees

Kaiser Health News, January 12, 2015
by Phil Galewitz

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Rita Gorenflo’s 7-year-old son Nathaniel was in severe pain from a sinus infection. But since the boy was covered by Medicaid, she couldn’t immediately find…

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Why is it easier to study heroin than marijuana?

Al Jazeera America, January 9, 2015
by Jacob Ward

An enormous number of people are using marijuana. Nearly 20 million people say they've used it in the prior month, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making…

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Potent edibles:

Al Jazeera America, January 8, 2015
by Lori Jane Gliha

[...] Barbara Brohl, executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue State Licensing Authority, signed a series of emergency rules in July affecting retail edible marijuana products' sales, labeling and packaging to…

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Courts wrestle with wave of new state abortion laws

Politico, January 8, 2015
by Paige Winfield Cunningham, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] As courts weigh the legal challenges to these laws, they’re being asked to spell out exactly how far states can go in regulating abortion and what requirements go too…

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FDA Advisory Panel Backs First Potential ‘Copycat’ Drug

Kaiser Health News, January 8, 2015

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations. If the government accepts the recommendation, it could mean millions in savings for consumers who need expensive drugs.…

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Texas Abortion Clinic Rules Tested in Appeals Court

New York Times, January 7, 2015
by Erik Eckholm

NEW ORLEANS — Lawyers for abortion clinics squared off with Texas state attorneys in a federal appeals court here on Wednesday, arguing over the constitutionality of stringent abortion clinic rules that would…

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India’s deadly medicine:

Al Jazeera America, January 6, 2015

India has seen a dangerous surge in the abuse of prescription drugs. Pharmacies are selling cocktails of medical-grade drugs to addicts for up to a tenth of the cost of…

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Lots Of Responsibility For In-Home Care Providers — But No Training Required

Kaiser Health News, January 6, 2015
by Anna Gorman

[...] No overall training is required for the more than 400,000 caregivers in California’s $7.3 billion In-Home Supportive Services Program (IHSS) for low-income elderly and disabled residents. Without instruction even…

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When a Patient’s Death is Broadcast Without Permission

ProPublica, January 2, 2015
by Charles Ornstein

[...] "I saw my husband die before my eyes." No one in the Chanko family had given "NY Med" permission to film Mr. Chanko's treatment at the hospital or to…

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Research Assistant: International Health and Drug Law

Research Assistant: International Health and Drug Law
Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center at Harvard

Deadline: Open until filled

Mark Barnes is seeking one or two research assistants for the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center at Harvard (Harvard MRCT), of which he is faculty co-chair. Harvard MRCT is part of the Harvard Global Health Institute. …

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FDA plans to end prohibition on blood donation by gay men, with conditions

PBS News Hour, December 23, 2014
by Gwen Ifill, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

"[...] the ban that we had in place was really outdated. It dates back to 1983, the early days of the HIV crisis, and a few things have changed since…

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F.D.A. Easing Ban on Gays, to Let Some Give Blood

New York Times, December 23, 2014
by Sabrina Tavernise, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] “This is a major victory for gay civil rights,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a law professor at Harvard who specializes in bioethics and health. “We’re leaving behind the old…

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FDA Announces Plans to End Lifetime Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

Vice News, December 23, 2014
by Colleen Curry, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Harvard Law School bioethics and the law professor I. Glenn Cohen told VICE News that while he thought the FDA's proposed policy change is a good first step, it does…

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US lifts ban on gay men donating blood — as long as they don’t have sex with other men

Vox, December 23, 2014
by Sarah Kliff and Julia Belluz, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] Glenn Cohen, a Harvard Law professor who wrote about the blood donor rule in JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association, sees a one-year deferral as an interim step,…

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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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