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11.27.13

Retail Clinic: Friend or Foe?

By Ana S. Ayala

After not being able to get his son to the doctor for a strep throat test, Rick Krieger established the first retail clinic at a local grocery chain in 2000. The idea was to address issues of access to health care and allow patients to obtain care and treatment for minor conditions “in a quick, […]

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07.22.13

Will FDA Turn the Tide on Industry-wide Medical Product Development?

By Aliza Glasner

The advent of big data has forced a sea change throughout the scientific research enterprise, shaking the industry’s fundamental attitude towards the data themselves. Data is now understood as the currency of research. Consequently, industry is warming to the new reality that legal norms once considered to drive business – confidential commercial information, trade secrets […]

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06.21.13

The End of “Pay-for-Delay”? By Opening Collusive Pharmaceutical Settlements to Antitrust Scrutiny, FTC v. Actavis Promises to Make Medicines More Affordable

By Daniel Hougendobler

  In a decision that could save U.S. consumers and taxpayers billions of dollars a year, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that “pay-for-delay,” also known as “reverse payment” settlements, between name-brand and generics pharmaceutical companies are subject to antitrust laws. The seeds of the controversy were planted in 1984 with the passage of the Hatch-Waxman […]

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04.30.13

The Power of Sharing: Rethinking the Future of Intellectual Property and Biomedical Research

By Aliza Glasner

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Case No. 11-725, on the eligibility of patenting the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which identify hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. The Court granted certiorari to hear this case after a split developed among the United States circuit court of […]

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11.02.12

Could a Romney Administration Really Dismantle the ACA “On Day One”?

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Madhu Chugh. Ms. Chugh is a scholar at the O’Neill Institute at Georgetown University Law Center and an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.  The views expressed in this post are the author’s alone and do not reflect the views of WilmerHale or the O’Neill Institute. Mitt […]

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04.03.12

Three Ominous Moments During the Affordable Care Act Severability Hearing – Could They Actually Save the Mandate?

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by former O’Neill Institute Research Assistant and current Georgetown Law 2L Dinesh Kumar, who attended day three’s morning session of the Supreme Court’s hearing on the Affordable Care Act. Every aspect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Supreme Court oral arguments has been dissected in the days following the historic hearings, […]

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04.02.12

HHS Releases Final Rules that Apply Affordable Care Act Provisions to College Health Plans

By O’Neill Institute

This post was authored by Rory O’Sullivan, Policy Director, from the Young Invincibles.  The Department of Health and Human Services recently released final rules that apply the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) consumer protections to college health plans starting in Fall 2012. College students will now receive the same basic consumer protections and benefits as all […]

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03.28.12

Health Care Reform Hangs in the Balance

By Lawrence Gostin

Prior to Tuesday’s arguments before the Supreme Court, I believed that the Court would uphold the health insurance purchase mandate by a comfortable margin. Unlike the Rehnquist Court, the Roberts Court has not made federalism a signature issue, and justices such as Antonin Scalia seemed amenable to the exercise of federal powers consistent with commerce […]

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03.05.12

Why the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Purchase Mandate is Both Constitutional and Indispensable to the Public Welfare

By Lawrence Gostin

Florida v. HHS – a suit brought on behalf of 26 states challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – represents a rare moment in America’s history. The Supreme Court will determine whether the United States coalesces behind an historical health system reform providing near-universal coverage, or retreats from it. Although Florida v. […]

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12.31.11

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

By Kelli K. Garcia

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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