Harvard Law and Global Access to Drugs

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Across HLS, faculty are focusing on international access to lifesaving drugs for underserved populations. One forthcoming book, “The Health Crisis in the Developing World and What We Should Do About It,” by Professor William W. Fisher ’82 and Talha Syed, addresses just such issues. “We need to immunize residents (preferably while they are children) against […]

An opening for measles: anti-vaccination trend a growing concern

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The numbers paint a telling picture. In the United States of the 1950s there were between 3 million and 4 million annual cases of measles, a highly infectious virus that causes severe flu-like symptoms and a spreading red rash. Roughly 48,000 of those infected each year were hospitalized, and 400 to 500 died. By 2000, […]

Harvard convenes international meeting on clinical trial recruitment

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The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Regulatory Foundations, Ethics, and Law Program of Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center convened an international panel of experts at the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland for a workshop entitled “Clinical Trial Recruitment: Problems, Misconceptions, and Possible Solutions,” on Jan. 19-21.

Obamacare, back on trial: Elhauge on new challenges to the ACA

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In a move that caught many observers off guard, the U.S. Supreme Court last week announced it would review one of four cases currently challenging provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Currently, qualified consumers can receive tax subsidies to help them purchase health insurance through the federal- or state-run exchanges. But the plaintiffs […]

UCLA, Harvard Law Schools launch joint annual conference on food law and policy

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UCLA School of Law and Harvard Law School have announced the inauguration of the UCLA-Harvard Food Law and Policy Conference, a joint annual conference that will focus on issues in the food system from a legal perspective. The conference will alternate each year between Los Angeles and Cambridge. The conference is intended to provide a […]

Emerging mobile health technologies need FDA oversight

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Smart phones and other mobile devices have the potential to transform healthcare, improving medical outcomes, reducing errors, and broadening access to healthcare. The Food and Drug Administration must continue to have jurisdiction over these “mobile health” or “mHealth” innovations to address emerging risks, according to I. Glenn Cohen, Nathan G. Cortez, and Aaron S. Kesselheim, […]