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Julie Cantor and Ross Silverman on “The Week in Health Law” Podcast

We had two excellent guests this week. Dr. Julie Cantor is an adjunct faculty member at the UCLA School of Law. She is a graduate of Stanford University, UC Berkeley School of Law, and the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr Cantor has two decades of public policy and advocacy experience focused on federal healthcare policy. She has published broadly including in the New England Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, the Indiana Law Review, the ABA Human Rights Journal, the NYT Debate section, and has submitted amicus briefs in several Supreme Court cases.

Making a welcome return to the pod is Ross Silverman, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, and holds a secondary appointment as Professor of Public Health Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. His research interests include legal, ethical and policy issues in public health and medicine, mobile health law and policy, interdisciplinary curriculum development, professional school admissions, medical humanities, human rights, and patient safety. Professor Silverman has published extensively on vaccination issues, for example here and here.

Our discussion topic rotates around the recent measles outbreaks and the public health and public health law issues they raise. Read More

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New TWIHL Podcast with Leo Beletsky and Jennifer Oliva

I am joined by guests Leo Beletsky and Jennifer Oliva.

Leo is a Professor of Law and Health Sciences and the Faculty Director of the Health in Justice Action Lab at Northeastern University School of Law, and he holds a joint appointment with the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. He has broad expertise and an enviable research and publication record in the public health impact of laws and their enforcement, with special focus on drug overdose, infectious disease transmission and the role of the criminal justice system as a structural determinant of health.

Jennifer is an Associate Professor at West Virginia University in the College of Law and School of Public Health. This Spring she has been a visiting research scholar at The Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School. In the fall, she will be joining the faculty at Seton Hall Law School. Her work has been published by or is forthcoming in the Duke Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, and the George Mason Law Review. Read More

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Claudia Haupt, Ignacio Cofone, Jessica Roberts, and Ana Santos Rutschman on The Week in Health Law Podcast

I am joined by guest host Claudia Haupt, Associate Professor of Law and Political Science Northeastern University School of Law and guests Ignacio Cofone, Assistant Professor of Law at McGill University, Jessica Roberts, the Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute and an Alumnae College Professor in Law, and Ana Santos Rutschman, Assistant Professor in the Center for Health Law Studies and the Center for International and Comparative Law at Saint Louis University.

We were gathered together in Boston for the Promises and Perils of Emerging Health Innovations symposium organized by our friends at Northeastern University School of Law.  Read More

Don’t Ask What Money Can Do For the Opioid Plaintiffs, Ask What Pharma Can Do For Them

Jennifer Oliva’s insightful commentary on Oklahoma’s settlement with Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family detailed the settlement terms and posed important questions about the sufficiency of the agreed damages. I’d like to push a little further on a couple of fronts.

First, what does the journey from Cleveland, Ohio to Norman, Oklahoma tell us about the opioid litigation and the multi-district (MDL) process, some aspects of which I have addressed elsewhere. Second, while dollar figures (expressed in profits, harms, and even philanthropy) have dominated the headlines, should we be paying more attention to non-monetary remedies?

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Special Indiana Health Law Review Volume to Honor Professor Eleanor Kinney: Request for Proposals

Our celebrated and generous colleague Eleanor Kinney passed away late last year. To honor her and her legacy, the Indiana Health Law Review is soliciting papers for an honorary special issue. The papers should be substantive new work by the author, but we invite the author to reflect on Eleanor’s work, legacy, or the how the work submitted was influenced by Eleanor’s work.

This is an initial call for proposals. Proposals should take the form of an abstract in the 100-200 word range. Abstracts will be reviewed by an editorial committee comprised of IU McKinney faculty and past and present editors of the Indiana Health Law Review. Abstracts should be submitted before June 1, 2019 in order to be considered for this special issue. Final papers should be 4,000-6,000 words in length and will be due by August 15, 2019. Read More

A Healthcare Frame for the Boeing Crashes

The recent crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft raise important questions for patients, physicians, and policymakers. Should aviation safety remain the gold standard that has been so influential in attempts to improve patient safety? Will doctors soon face the same problems as the pilots of those doomed planes, fighting with automated safety systems that threaten their patients? What questions does the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) certification of the Boeing safety systems raise with regard to evolving approaches to medical device safety promoted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?

Preliminary investigations into the tragic loss of life from last October’s Lion Air flight 610 departing Jakarta and this month’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 departing Addis Ababa have led to the grounding of 737-8 and 737-9 aircraft by the FAA. More generally, those accidents may call into question the status of aviation safety as the gold standard of industrial safety and a standard that has proved hugely influential on health care safety. Read More

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Aaron Kesselheim and Jonathan Darrow on “The Week in Health Law” Podcast

I am joined by Aaron Kesselheim and Jonathan Darrow, faculty members at Harvard Medical School and members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) group directed by Dr. Kesselheim.

The conversation began with a discussion about drug price narratives, including whether drug prices are still increasing? We also critically discussed at least some of Vox’s 8 ideas for bringing down drug prices, and some better ones! The conversation then shifted to some issues, including pricing and expectations, with gene therapy drugs. We spent a short time on the resignation of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb before ending our discussion with some information about PORTAL’s innovative online course, “The FDA and Prescription Drugs: Current Controversies in Context.”

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Karen DeSalvo on ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast

For over two decades, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, in conjunction with the IU School of Medicine, has conferred the McDonald-Merrill-Ketcham Memorial Award for Excellence in Law and Medicine.

This year’s honoree was Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who is currently Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. She served in the Obama Administration as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, and previously was the Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans.

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Who was Naughty or Nice 2018? With Zack Buck, Erin Fuse Brown, and Elizabeth Weeks Leonard.

Ho-ho-ho! The return of TWIHL’s infamous and extra long “Who’s Been Naughty or Nice?” Holiday show. This year’s festive appreciation of healthcare law and policy features the seasonal vocalizations of Zack Buck, Erin Fuse Brown, and Elizabeth Weeks Leonard. Nominees for both naughty and nice include a wealth of administration moves, plenty of good and bad Medicaid news, drug pricing, and a whole lot more to fill the stockings and trigger the consumption of prodigious amounts of egg nog. Read More