Democrats are suddenly eyeing a valuable pharma asset: its patents

Stat, December 7, 2018
by Lev Facher, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From this article: "Democrats, newly empowered in D.C. and on the hunt for bigger and bolder ways to lower drug prices, are suddenly taking aim at a far more central part of pharma’s monopoly power: the patents the industry holds on its drugs. …

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An Inside Look at Apple’s Biggest Step Yet in Health Care

Time, December 6, 2018
by Alex Fitzpatrick, quoting W. Nicholson Price (Academic Fellow Alumnus)

From the article: "In the long run, however, it’s privacy concerns that have the biggest potential to hamper tech companies’ health dreams. News of data breaches that expose consumers’ personal information have become practically…

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#CRISPRbabies: What’s the future of gene editing?

Al Jazeera, December 5, 2018
The Stream, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the episode:  "A Chinese scientist claims to have created the world's first genetically edited babies: Twin girls who are resistant to HIV. The results of He Jiankui’s experiment have yet to be independently verified,…

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Are IVF embryos persons? A mum and dad who lost theirs say they are

BioEdge, December 1, 2018
By Michael Cook, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: "The 'chain of profound implications for other families' dismays three bioethicists and lawyers writing in Annals of Internal Medicine, Eli Adashi, of Brown University; I. Glenn Cohen, of Harvard; and Dov Fox, of…

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Genetically Modified People Are Walking Among Us

New York Times, December 1, 2018
By Carl Zimmer, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: "I got in touch with Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School who studies reproductive technologies, to ask him to guess what happens next. His forecast sounded like a repeat of the mitochondrial replacement story.

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Something Happened to U.S. Drug Costs in the 1990s

New York Times, November 12, 2018
Austin Frakt quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: “Other countries decline to pay for a drug when the price is too high,” said Rachel Sachs, who studies drug pricing and regulation as an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. “The United…

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Regulatory Collaboration Is Key to Public Health Success

The Regulatory Review, October 26, 2018
Benjamin Barsky, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: "Federal policymakers have recently made a push to address excessive drug price increases and slow medicine development as part of their health care agenda. But the latest health…

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Experts caution on implications of ‘lost embryos’ lawsuit

BioNews, November 26, 2018
By Lone Hørlyck, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: "In addition to the potential implications for IVF treatments, considering embryos as persons could be used to argue against abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research. Professor Adashi, along…

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Can OSHA Regulation Rescue NFL Players?

Regulatory Review, November 21, 2018
by Grace Gale, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: "According to a recent article, the answer is 'yes.' The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) should issue rules to make football safer, say the article’s authors.

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Slow thinking and machine learning in medicine, November 9, 2018
Drea Burbank, Ayo Roberts, and Chandi Broadbent, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  Recently, several high-profile institutions have called attention to the issue of inclusion and equity when artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms are applied in medicine. Leaders from the law, medicine,…

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Trump prescription medication plan drawing skepticism

Boston Herald, November 3, 2018
Alexi Cohan, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Part of the proposal includes adopting an international pricing index for reimbursement that is based off the cost of certain drugs in other countries. This would lower the cost here in the United States, which can drop out-of-pocket expenses…

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Colorado Supreme Court Quotes I. Glenn Cohen: "In re Marriage of Rooks— Divorce—Assisted Reproduction—Embryos"

Justice William W. Hood III, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The Colorado Supreme Court in a dissent by Justice Hood, joined Coats and Samour, quotes I. Glenn Cohen.  From the dissent:  For the non-consenting donor, there are several harms that may be inflicted, each of which derives “from…

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Colorado Supreme Court creates rules for divorced couples divided over fate of their frozen embryos: Case could potentially be considered by U.S. Supreme Court

The Denver Post, October 29, 2018
Elise Schmelzer, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  While other states have considered similar cases, the guidelines issued by the Colorado court are some of the most specific created by any state on the issue, said Glenn Cohen, a Harvard University law professor who specializes…

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Trump leans into midterms with a pitch to un-rig Medicare drug prices

CNN Politics, October 25, 2018
Tami Luhby and Lauren Fox, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article:  While Trump officials could use an Obamacare-created innovation center to pilot new payment proposals, it would have to take a hard stance on prices. "We don't negotiate because we don't use the threat of walking…

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Coming today: Trump’s most aggressive drug pricing move yet

Politico, October 25, 2018
Dan Diamond, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Some policy experts cheered Trump's ideas, although they had questions about how the plan would work — "If companies won't sell to Medicare at the benchmark price, what happens?" mused Rachel Sachs of…

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Consortium Seeks to Evaluate, Enhance HRPP Effectiveness

AAHRPP Advance, October 23, 2018
AAHRPP featuring work by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director) and colleagues

From the article: What are the outcomes of an effective HRPP? Can they be empirically evaluated—and, if so, can that data help drive best practices? Those are just some of the questions being tackled by the Consortium to Advance Effective Research…

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Advance notice of mysterious rule puts drug-pricing people on edge

Politico Prescription Pulse, October 22, 2018
Sarah Karlin-Smith, featuring Holly Fernandez Lynch (Former Executive Director)

From the article:  Holly Fernandez Lynch, a medical ethicist at the University of Pennsylvania, wonders whether FDA will audit third-party invoices to make sure manufacturers aren’t profiting from these sales. She sees pros and cons in…

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Trump Administration Wants TV Drug Ads To Include A Price

WFPL, October 20, 2018
Lisa Gillespie, quoting Rachel Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

From the article: Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law and a drug regulation expert at Washington University, said that the proposal is very narrow and doesn’t do anything for transparency for many drugs.

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Rachel Sachs of Washington University on the USMCA

SiriusXM Radio, October 18, 2018
Joe Madison the Black Eagle, interviewing Rachel Sachs

From the article: NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) has become the USCMA (U.S., Mexico, and Canada Agreement). What does that mean for you? Professor Rachel Sachs of Washington University in St. Louis explains why some problems, like…

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5 questions on the Trump admin’s bid to mandate prices in drug ads

Biopharma Dive, October 16, 2018
Ned Pagliarulo and Andrew Dunn, quoting Rachel Sachs

From the article: HHS argues that it has the authority to require price disclosures in ads through the Social Security Act, which tasks it with the "efficient" administration of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The agency says the rule would help…

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