Eager For A Victory, Trump Hypes Renewed GOP Health Plan; Lawmakers Remain Skeptical

Kaiser Health News, April 21, 2017

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

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Science Needs Your Cells

New York Times, April 21, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Steven Joffe

>Biospecimens are essential to medical progress, but just medical waste to patients. Let's promot... Read More

FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

NPR, April 19, 2017
by Michelle Andrews

With the approval this month of two drugs to treat hepatitis C in children, these often overlooked v...

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In Berkeley, Soda Tax Is Doing What It’s Supposed To Do

Forbes, April 18, 2017
by Bruce Y. Lee

[...] In just a couple of years since the San Francisco defeat, my, have times changed. Si...

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Institutions as an Ethical Locus of Research Prioritisation

Journal of Medical Ethics, April 11, 2017 (Online)
by Luke Gelinas (Fellow in Clinical Research Ethics), Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), Barbara Bierer, I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

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Ensuring that clinical trials, once launched, successfully complete and generate usefu...

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Death By 1,000 Cuts: How Republicans Can Still Alter Your Coverage

Kaiser Health News, April 10, 2017
by Jay Hancock, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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“It’s the single-biggest problem facing the exchanges,” said Ra...

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Congress and FDA nominee heap love on ‘adaptive trials’

Science, April 7, 2017
by Kelly Servick, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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“‘Adaptive clinical trials’ is one of those buzzwords that get...

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Scott Gottlieb: Conflicts surround Trump’s FDA pick

CNN, April 4, 2017
by Sandee LaMotte, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Even some industry watchdogs are cautiously optimistic. In a New England Jo...

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ICER Weekly View 03-31-17

ICER, March 31, 2017
by Mitchell Stein, featuring blog post and NEJM article co-authored by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the review

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Anthem inches closer to full Obamacare exit

POLITICO, March 31, 2017
by Dan Diamond, featuring blog post by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the newsletter

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Writing at Harvard’s “Bill of Health,&rdqu...

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Price doesn’t satisfy Congress on appropriations

POLITICO, March 30, 2017
by Darius Tahir, featuring NEJM article co-authored by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the newsletter

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The latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine is full of eHealt...

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Scott Gottlieb’s FDA Commissioner Confirmation Hearing: Remarkably Unremarkable

Health Affairs Blog, April 7, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the post

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On Wednesday morning, the United States Senate Committee on Health, Energy, Labor, a...

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Philadelphia Flooded With New Risperdal Lawsuits; Trials Split But Include Massive Verdict

Forbes, April 10, 2017
by Nicholas Malfitano

Records from the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas reveal more than 3,000 new Risperdal...

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FDA Approves Marketing Of Consumer Genetic Tests For Some Conditions

NPR, April 7, 2017
by Jessica Boddy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved 23andMe's personal genetic test for some diseases...

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White House Floats Plan With Waivers For Pre-Existing Condition Rules To Woo Freedom Caucus

Kaiser Health News, April 4, 2017

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

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Iowa’s Wellmark Announces Departure From Health Law Marketplaces In 2018

Kaiser Health News, April 4, 2017

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

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Trump’s Effort To Lure Consumers To Exchanges Could Bring Skimpier Plans

Kaiser Health News, April 4, 2017
by Michelle Andrews

Will opening the door to cheaper, skimpier marketplace plans with higher deductibles and copays attr...

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With Obamacare Here to Stay, Some States Revive Medicaid Expansion

NPR, April 2, 2017
by Alison Kodjak

[...] In all, 31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid after the Affordable Car...

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Also Made in Mexico

New York Times, March 31, 2017
by Sarah Varney

TIJUANA, Mexico — The North American Free Trade Agreement has transformed this sprawling borde...

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(Health) Law and Order

Beyond the Microscope Podcast, March 28, 2017
by Mumu Xu, interviewing Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

We’ve got a special episode today for all you STEM/legal nerds. Our guest is Rachel Sachs...

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Health Subsidies for Low Earners Will Continue Through 2017, G.O.P. Says

New York Times, March 30, 2017
by Robert Pear and Reed Abelson

WASHINGTON — Senior House Republicans said Thursday that they expected the federal government...

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An FDA Commissioner for the 21st Century

NEJM, March 29, 2017
by Amitabh Chandra and Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

President Donald Trump has named Scott Gottlieb as his nominee to be the next commissioner of the Fo...

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Failing To Whip Up Support, House Leaders Pull Replacement Bill From Floor

Kaiser Health News, March 24, 2017

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

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Hospital Stocks Soar As Trumpcare Bill Dies

Forbes, March 24, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

The failure of the Republican-led Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is a huge v...

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Health Care Bill Debate Centered On Essential Health Benefits

NPR, March 24, 2017
by Audie Cornish, interviewing Noam Levey

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Noam Levey, who covers national health care policy for The L...

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Survey: Three Out Of Four Americans Want Planned Parenthood Funded

Forbes, March 24, 2017
by Janet Burns

[...] The poll also found that three-quarters of Americans support continuing current federal M...

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Many Insurance Companies Stay Quiet On Health Care Debate

NPR, March 24, 2017
by Kelly McEvers, interviewing Sabrina Corlette

With AHCA coming to the house floor for a highly anticipated vote, some of the biggest stake holders...

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As Rivals Stand Silent, One Health Insurer Protests G.O.P. Plan

New York Times, March 22, 2017
by Reed Abelson

[...] Insisting that he is not bluffing, Dr. Molina said that his company might also have to abandon...

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Regulating Black-Box Medicine

Michigan Law Review, March 21, 2017
by W. Nicholson Price II (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

From the abstract

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Data drive modern medicine. And our tools to analyze those data are growing ever...

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Addressing the ethical issues raised by synthetic human entities with embryo-like features

eLife, March 21, 2017
by John Aach, Jeantine Lunshof, Eswar Iyer, and George M. Church

On November 7, 2016, the Petrie-Flom Center hosted the conference "The Ethics of Early Embryo Resear...

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GOP Bill’s Unheralded Changes In Rules Could Undermine Health Of Neediest

Kaiser Health News, March 20, 2017
by Emily Bazar

An under-the-radar provision in the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would req...

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Adding Work Requirements For Medicaid Helps Sway Some Reluctant Republicans

Kaiser Health News, March 20, 2017

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

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Governors: GOP Medicaid Plan Shifts Significant Cost To States, Provides Almost No New Flexibility

Kaiser Health News, March 20, 2017

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State AGs Probe Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts To Recover Medicare Payments

Forbes, March 20, 2017
by Daniel Fisher

The Attorney General of Utah has sued four of the largest asbestos bankruptcy trusts to try and forc...

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Congress May Undo Rule That Pushes Firms To Keep Good Safety Records

NPR, March 20, 2017
by Nell Greenfieldboyce

[...] If employers' logs are inaccurate, or fake, they can be fined. But in 2012, there was a bi...

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Rural Areas Brace for a Shortage of Doctors Due to Visa Policy

New York Times, March 18, 2017
by Miriam Jordan

In Coudersport, Pa., a town in a mountainous region an hour’s drive from the nearest Walmart,...

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The ethics of recruiting study participants on social media

Medical Xpress , March 16, 2017
by Heather Zeiger, citing Luka Gelinas (Fellow in Clinical Research Ethics)

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In the recent issue of the American Journal of Bioethics, the target...

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GOP Health Plan Will Undergo ‘Necessary Improvements,’ Ryan Promises Wary Lawmakers

Kaiser Health News, March 16, 2017

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

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Trump Slashes Health Spending In Federal Budget Plan

Kaiser Health News, March 16, 2017

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

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UPCOMING! Annual Health Law Conference: Between Complacency & Panic

Northeastern University School of Law, April 14, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

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Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) such as Ebola and the Zika virus pose pot...

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The Original Lie About Obamacare

New York Times, March 14, 2017
by David Leonhardt, quoting Michael Anne Kyle (Student Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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At that point, Obama faced a second choice – between forging ahead with a s...

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Cutting Planned Parenthood Would Increase Medicaid Births, C.B.O. Says

New York Times, March 14, 2017
by Kate Zernike

Cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood — a longstanding conservative goa...

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Key In GOP Health Care Overhaul

NPR, March 14, 2017
by Brian Naylor

[...] Under the Affordable Care Act, 31 states and the District of Columbia chose to accept expanded...

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American Health Care Act

Congressional Budget Office (CBO), March 13, 2017

CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the American Health Care Act would reduce federal deficits by $33...

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In Marathon Sessions, GOP Health Plan Gets The Nod Of Two House Committees

Kaiser Health News, March 10, 2017

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

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Trump Employs ‘Salesman Tactics’ To Line Up Hill Support For Health Law Replacement

Kaiser Health News, March 10, 2017

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

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States Wrestle With Legalizing Payments For Gestational Surrogates

NPR, March 10, 2017
by Emily Sohn

The battle over womb rights is brewing in Minnesota

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Last month, state legislators proposed a bill...

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Trump, Dems Look For Common Ground On Drug Prices

Kaiser Health News, March 9, 2017
by Sarah Jane Tribble

For years, congressional Democrats have tried to pass legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate pre...

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GOP health-care bill would drop addiction treatment mandate covering 1.3 million Americans

Washington Post, March 9, 2017
by Katie Zezima and Christopher Ingraham

The Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would strip away what advocates say...

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Health Groups Denounce G.O.P. Bill as Its Backers Scramble

New York Times, March 8, 2017
by Abby Goodnough, Robert Pear, and Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — Influential groups representing hospitals and nurses came out on Wednesday agains...

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As Congress Wrestles With Medicaid’s Future, Advocates In States Rally To Preserve Expansion

Kaiser Health News, March 6, 2017

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

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‘Right-To-Try’ Laws Expose Dying Patients To Exploitation, Ethicists Warn

Kaiser Health News, March 6, 2017
by Carrie Feibel, KQED

[...] “We know some people try to take advantage of our desperation when we’re ill,&rdqu...

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Patience Gone, Koch-Backed Groups Will Pressure G.O.P. on Health Repeal

New York Times, March 5, 2017
by Jeremy W. Peters

[...] “We’ve been patient this year, but it is past time to act and to act decisive...

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Trump’s Nod Toward Tax Credits Does Little To Ease Intra-Party Tensions Over Repeal

Kaiser Health News, March 2, 2017

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

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Kentucky A Messaging Battleground In War Over Health Care

Kaiser Health News, March 2, 2017

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

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Michigan Ends Water Subsidies To Flint Despite Mayor’s Opposition

NPR, March 1, 2017
by Merrit Kennedy

Starting today, the people of Flint, Mich., will have to bear the full cost of the water flowing thr...

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More Than 80 Percent of Patient Groups Accept Drug Industry Funds, Study Shows

New York Times, March 1, 2017
by Katie Thomas

The nation’s largest patient advocacy groups are on the front lines of some of the biggest hea...

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‘Nobody Knew That Health Care Could Be So Complicated,’ Trump Tells Governors

Kaiser Health News, February 28, 2017

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

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Maryland Goes a Step Further to Rein in Drug Price Spikes

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), February 27, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, citing Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] The bill has drawn criticism from industry groups and others who say such independent aud...

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The NFL Combine: Pro football’s intrusive, and mandatory, job interview

Washington Post, February 26, 2017
by Rick Maese, quoting Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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While there could be a gray area between tests that measure performance and those...

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Ethical Considerations for Zika Virus Human Challenge Trials

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), February 2017
by Seema K. Shah, Jonathan Kimmelman, Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), et al.

From the report

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Zika virus is an emerging infectious disease that was first identified in 1947, an...

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​GOP Draft Repeal Plan Scraps Subsidies And Individual Mandate, Rolls Back Medicaid

Kaiser Health News, February 27, 2017

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

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If Obamacare Exits, Some May Need to Rethink Early Retirement

New York Times, February 27, 2017
by Austin Frakt

Here’s another possible consequence of repealing the Affordable Care Act: It would be harder f...

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Deadly, Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Pose Huge Threat, W.H.O. Says

New York Times, February 27, 2017
by Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

The World Health Organization warned on Monday that a dozen antibiotic-resistant &ldq...

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Advice From Patients On A Study’s Design Makes For Better Science

NPR, February 24, 2017
by Richard Harris

[...] The study has been recruiting patients at a record pace. In its first three months it enr...

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Lawmakers urge US Army not to issue exclusive license to Sanofi for a Zika vaccine

Stat, February 22, 2017
by Ed Silverman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

This article is behind a paywall.

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Express Scripts CEO addresses drug pricing ‘misinformation’

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 17, 2017
by Samantha Liss, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Typically, after dispensing drugs to patients, a drug manufacturer will write Express Scripts...

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Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy

JAMA Forum, February 14, 2017
by Eli Y. Adashi and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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Mitochondrial replacement therapy, an experimental approach that takes aim at mat...

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Why Did That Drug Price Increase 6,000%? It’s The Law

Forbes, February 10, 2017
by Matthew Herper, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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Marathon is a member of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America...

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Trump’s ‘Two Out, One In’ Regulatory Policy May Apply to Some FDA Guidance

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), February 6, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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As far as what existing regulations if repealed would be considered par...

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E&C delays vote on drug pricing bill

Politico, February 6, 2017
by Sarah Karlin-Smith, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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On cost: studies have found that it usually takes a handful of generic drugscompe...

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What You Don’t Know About the Cost of Grandma’s Prescription

Pacific Standard, February 3, 2017
by Carson Leigh Brown, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article

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To grapple with how and why the process works this way, we talked with Rache...

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Health Law Workshop: Brendan Maher

Monday, February 13, 2017 5:00 PM
Health Law Workshops
2016-2017
Hauser Hall, Room 104
Harvard Law School, 1575 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

>Brendan S. Maher is a Professor of Law and the Director of the independently endowed Insurance Law C... Read More

Common Rule Revisions: Impact of Public Comment, and What’s Next?

The Hastings Center Blog, February 8, 2017
by By Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director) and Barbara E. Bierer

From the blog post

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On January 19, the day the final revisions to the Federal Policy for...

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Advanced and end of life care: cautionary suggestions

Journal of Medical Ethics, February 7, 2017 (online)
by Frances Kamm (former Senior Fellow)

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This article considers some clinical and population level approaches to advanced care of...

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A New Day For Oversight Of Human Subjects Research

HealthAffairs, February 6, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

>Editor’s note: This post is part of a series stemming from the ;Fifth Annua... Read More

What Experts in Law and Medicine Have to Say About the Cost of Drugs

The Health Care Blog, February 2, 2017
by Andy Oram, on PFC's 5th Annual Health Law Year in P/Review Conference

From the article

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Pharmaceutical drug costs impinge heavily on consumers’ consciousness, ofte...

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Traveling for Assisted Suicide

In Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Global Views on Choosing to End Life (Michael J. Cholbi, ed.), Praeger, 2017 (forthcoming)
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

This book addresses key historical, scientific, legal, and philosophical issues surrounding euthanas...

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The Trump-era Supreme Court could erode abortion access with a ‘death by 1,000 cuts’

Business Insider, February 1, 2017
by Rebecca Harrington, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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Glenn Cohen, a health-law expert and professor at Harvard Law School, said two ki...

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Trump’s travel ban rattles medical residency programs

Politico Pulse, January 31, 2017
by Dan Diamond, featuring blog post by Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow alumna)

From the article

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Trump's order on regulations is a 'terrible idea' for rulemaking.&nbs...

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Morning View 01-31-17

Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), January 31, 2017
by Mitchell Stein, featuring blog post by Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow alumna)

From the article

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The President issued an Executive Order basically saying that for every new regul...

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