Monthly Round-Up of What to Read on Pharma Law and Policy

By Ameet Sarpatwari and Aaron S. Kesselheim

Each month, members of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) review the peer-reviewed medical literature to identify interesting empirical studies, in-depth analyses, and thoughtful editorials on pharmaceutical law and policy.

Below are the papers identified from the month of November. The selections feature topics ranging from the association of off-label drug use and adverse drug events among adults, to the characteristics of the pipeline for experimental central nervous system drugs, to the consistency of cardiovascular risks disclosed on product labeling for stimulants. A full posting of abstracts/summaries of these articles may be found on our website.

  1. Årdal C, Outterson K, Hoffman SJ, Ghafur A, Sharland M, Ranganathan N, Smith R, Zorzet A, Cohn J, Pittet D, Daulaire N, Morel C, Rizvi Z, Balasegaram M, Dar OA, Heymann DL, Holmes AH, Moore LS, Laxminarayan R, Mendelson M, Røttingen JA. International cooperation to improve access to and sustain effectiveness of antimicrobials. Lancet. 2015 Nov 17. [Epub ahead of print].
  2. Eguale T, Buckeridge DL, Verma A, Winslade NE, Benedetti A, Hanley JA, Tamblyn R. Association of off-label drug use and adverse drug events in an adult population. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Nov 2. [Epub ahead of print].
  3. Gagne JJ, Kesselheim AS, Choudhry NK, Polinski JM, Hutchins D, Matlin OS, Brennan TA, Avorn J, Shrank WH. Comparative effectiveness of generic versus brand-name antiepileptic medications. Epilepsy Behav. 2015;52(Pt A):14-8.
  4. Hung A, Sieluk J, Doshi P. The untapped potential of pharmacy leaflets for informing patients about drug benefits and risks. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Nov 30. [Epub ahead of print].
  5. Kesselheim AS, Hwang TJ, Franklin JM. Two decades of new drug development for central nervous system disorders. Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2015 Nov 20. [Epub ahead of print].
  6. Krishnamurti T, Woloshin S, Schwartz LM, Fischhoff B. A randomized trial testing US Food and Drug Administration “breakthrough” language. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(11):1856-8.
  7. Palasik B, Sieluk J, dosReis S, Doshi P. Stimulant use and cardiovascular risk among children and adolescents with ADHD: what product labeling does, or does not, tell us. Value Health. 2015;18(7):A747.

Ameet Sarpatwari

Ameet Sarpatwari is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Assistant Director of the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) within the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics. His research draws upon his interdisciplinary training as an epidemiologist and lawyer and focuses on the effects of laws and regulations on therapeutic development, approval, use, and related public health outcomes.

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