01.05.12

A Call for U.N. Accountability for Cholera in Post-Earthquake Haiti

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In response to the second anniversary of Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake, this post begins a four-part weekly series that will examine the implications of ongoing efforts to establish U.N. accountability for allegedly causing Haiti’s deadly cholera epidemic in the months following the events of January 12, 2010. This first post was authored by O’Neill […]

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12.31.11

Lawsuit Offers Hope that the Plan B OTC Age Restrictions may yet be Lifted

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The fight to make Plan B, an emergency contraceptive, more widely available continues despite Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius’ decision earlier this month to overrule the FDA’s recommendation that Plan B be made available over-the-counter (OTC) to women and girls of all ages. The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) will reopen a lawsuit, […]

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12.16.11

Judge invites challenge to HHS decision that blocked access to emergency contraception

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Originally posted at Hunter of Justice on December 14, 2011. The Center for Reproductive Rights announced Tuesday that it will reopen a lawsuit filed in 2005 in order to challenge unnecessary age restrictions on emergency contraceptives imposed last week by the Obama administration. The lawsuit – Tummino v. von Hamburg –  was originally filed against […]

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11.23.11

US law and possible Palestinian WHO membership: Implications for WHO funding

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This post was co-authored by Eric A. Friedman and Professor Lawrence O. Gostin. At the end of October, the United States announced that it would cease funding UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, when the agency voted to accept the Palestinian application for full membership, which will make Palestine UNESCO’s 195th member. This […]

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11.22.11

Court Enjoins FDA Tobacco Labels

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This post was authored by O’Neill Institute research assistant and third-year Georgetown University Law Center student Mirona Dragnea. On November 7, 2011, District Judge Richard J. Leon of the D.C. District Court sided with five tobacco companies in granting a preliminary injunction in R.J. Reynolds v. U.S. FDA. The decision prohibits the United States Food […]

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10.13.11

The Long March for Life and Dignity: Can a lesson learned in Paraguay help protect Bolivian indigenous communities in the TIPNIS?

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On August 15, 2011, at least 1,000 members of indigenous communities living in the Bolivian Indigenous Territory of the National Park Isiboro-Sécure (TIPNIS) began their long and treacherous march on foot to the capital city of La Paz in hopes of engaging the Bolivian government in a peaceful dialogue to prevent the government from building […]

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10.08.11

A Bad News Week for Women and HIV Prevention–and What's Next

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It started Wednesday, Sept. 28 when the Microbicide Trials Network—a clinical trials network funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)—announced that one arm of its VOICE study was being discontinued for futility.  VOICE follows 5000 sexually active, HIV-negative women in Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe, testing the safety and effectiveness of HIV prevention […]

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10.04.11

Medicaid Before the Supreme Court Today

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With Starbucks Venti in hand to ease the pain of waking up at 6:00 a.m. and the 45 degree weather, I eagerly lined up this morning to hear oral arguments at the Supreme Court with fellow health law fans, associates too far down the food chain to earn a seat at the counsel table, Mormon […]

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10.01.11

Unanswered Questions of the UN Summit on Non-communicable Diseases

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 The United Nation’s High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), convened at UN Headquarters September 19-20, brought with it high expectations. The only previous UN General Assembly Special Sessions on a health issue had been on HIV/AIDS, with the first, in 2001, credited with helping spur the […]

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09.27.11

After Several Other Circuits Split on the Constitutionality of Health Reform, Which Way Will the D.C. Circuit Go?

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This post was authored by O’Neill Institute research assistant and second-year Georgetown University Law Center student Dinesh Kumar. For more information on all of the pending challenges to the Affordable Care Act, visit http://www.healthlawandlitigation.com.  The website, a joint effort by the O’Neill Institute and the National Health Law Program, tracks the progress of litigation through […]

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