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, policy analyses, and editorials on health law and policy issues relevant to current or potential future work in the Division.

Below are the abstracts/summaries for papers identified from the month of March. The selections feature topics ranging from a warning about shortcuts in drug development, to the association between direct-to-consumer advertising and testosterone testing and initiation in the United States, to the origins of and solutions to the high price of anticancer drugs. A full posting of abstracts/summaries of these articles may be found on our website.

  1. Bouvy JC, Blake K, Slattery J, De Bruin ML, Arlett P, Kurz X. Registries in European post-marketing surveillance: a retrospective analysis of centrally approved products, 2005-2013. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2017 Mar 26. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Califf RM. Warning About Shortcuts in Drug Development. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017 Mar 21;6(3). pii: e005737.
  3. Hey SP, Kesselheim AS. Reprioritizing Research Activity for the Post-Antibiotic Era: Ethical, Legal, and Social Considerations. Hastings Cent Rep. 2017;47(2):16-20.
  4. Layton JB, Kim Y, Alexander GC, Emery SL. Association Between Direct-to-Consumer Advertising and Testosterone Testing and Initiation in the United States, 2009-2013. JAMA 2017;317(11):1159-1166.
  5. Luo J, Kesselheim AS, Avorn J. Medicaid Expenditures and Estimated Rebates for Epinephrine Autoinjectors, 2012 to 2016. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Mar 27. [Epub ahead of print]
  6. Prasad V, Jesús K, Mailankody S. The high price of anticancer drugs: origins, implications, barriers, solutions. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2017 Mar 14. [Epub ahead of print]

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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