07.14.11

Not just India: The EU-India trade negotiations and global drug access

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This post was authored by O’Neill Institute summer research assistant Sean Dickson, JD/MPH candidate at the University of Michigan. Since 2007, the EU and India have been negotiating a bi-lateral free trade agreement (FTA) with quite a few stumbling blocks. The most recent was a declaration by India, delivered via a UNAIDS press release, that […]

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07.11.11

The new antismoking warning labels: a necessary step in the right direction

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On June 21, health officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a series of nine graphic color warning labels that the tobacco industry will be required to include on the top-half of all cigarette packages produced after September 2012. Some of the images are quite explicit in their illustration of the harmful […]

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07.06.11

The Supreme Court’s Decision in Sorrell v. IMS Health and Public Health

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This post authored by O’Neill Institute Research Assistant and rising Georgetown Law 2L, Dinesh Kumar. In a 6-3 decision on June 23, the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a Vermont law prohibiting pharmacies from selling prescriber-identifiable drug information to “data mining” companies.  These companies aggregate and sell this data (which doesn’t identify patients) to pharmaceutical companies, which promote sales […]

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06.25.11

Documenting the Food Safety Crisis—Discovering “the Jungle” in China

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A third-year graduate student in Shanghai launched a database of food safety incidents in China last week. The database was established by 34 volunteers within one month. During the research process, the volunteers read 17,268 relevant news articles (10 million Chinese characters in total) and made 2849 entries into the database. The database has an […]

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06.23.11

Looking the Other Way: Mental Health in a Nation Fixated on Healthcare

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Last week, DC police forcefully entered a man’s home and fatally shot him, twice.  Jean Louis, a mentally ill 55-year-old, had resided in the same apartment for over thirty years.  His neighbors knew him to be alternately friendly and erratic, but on the day of his death, he had neither hurt anyone nor committed a […]

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06.18.11

Promises of Progress from the High-Level AIDS Summit at UN

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At last week’s high-level United Nations AIDS review, world leaders adopted a Political Declaration that indeed included a commitment to having 15 million people on AIDS treatment by 2015, among other targets aimed at real progress. Along with the commitment on AIDS treatment, the other headline from the conference was the commitment to work towards […]

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06.15.11

The Future of Food Safety

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Food safety issues are once again in the news.  A large outbreak of E. coli O104:H4, centered in Germany, has sickened more than 3,000 people and killed 35.  After a lengthy investigation, German public health authorities believe the source of the E. coli to be bean and seed sprouts. This recent outbreak highlights the need […]

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06.10.11

Launch of HealthLawandLigitation.com

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The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and the O’Neill Institute are pleased to announce the launch of HealthLawandLitigation.com. Since the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed in federal courts challenging the constitutionality of the law.  NHeLP and the O’Neill Institute have joined together […]

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06.07.11

World Health Assembly 2011 Outcomes and United Nations AIDS Review Preview

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Will the world’s premier health organization be able to reform itself to revive its global health leadership in the years ahead? Such was undoubtedly the question on the mind of health officials and civil society from around the world as they attended the 64th World Health Assembly (WHA) last month, the World Health Organization’s annual […]

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06.07.11

From Science Speaks Blog: Dybul on PEPFAR

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Note: The following is a re-post of the interview by John Donnelly, “Dybul on PEPFAR: ‘The sky was the limit,’” which was originally published on Science Speaks: HIV & TB News on June 2, 2011.  It is re-posted here with permission from Science Speaks. John Donnelly, Dybul on PEPFAR: ‘The sky was the limit’ Ambassador […]

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