Potential Congressional Vindication of Utah Hemp Extract Patients

By Danny Barber for BiolawToday.org blog: In the past few years, the cultural attitudes towards the medical use of hemp extracts and marijuana have greatly changed. In one of the more public Utah examples, this past March Governor Gary Herbert signed into law H.B. 105, thereby decriminalizing the cultivation, possession, and use of hemp extract for […]

To Die, To Sleep – Assisted Suicide and Choice

By Travis Walker for the BiolawToday.org blog. This fall Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon to end her life lawfully. On a quiet Saturday, she took a fatal dose of barbiturates and passed away in a room with family.[1] When the New York Times interviewed Maynard’s husband the next morning, however, he confirmed that “in accordance […]

Cutting Cords: The Present State of Wireless Medical Devices

By Austen Paulsen for BiolawToday blog. Medical devices are being increasingly equipped with wireless capabilities. The wireless technology in these devices can be used to send patient data to other sources, control and program the devices, and to monitor patients remotely. Many patient benefits can be derived from these devices; the most significant benefits being […]

Pradaxa and the FDA’s Expedited Approval Process – A Public Health Dilemma

By Daniel Goaslind for the BiolawToday.org Blog.  Nearly four years ago one of my best friends and a man whom I greatly respected—my grandfather—died tragically at age eighty-three. In excellent health, he was on his way to a meeting for the Boy Scouts of America when he suffered a ground-level fall and hit his head. In […]

Ebola Quarantine: Resolving Law with Science

By Cullen Archer for the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences Blog. The Disease Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a zoonosis[1] caused by a virus of the family Filoviridae, whose members comprise two genera of enveloped, negative, single-stranded RNA viruses: Marburgvirus and Ebolavirus.[2] Initial clinical symptoms of sudden onset fever, chills, myalgia, and malaise are followed […]

House of Cards – Statutory Interpretation and the Affordable Care Act

By Travis Walker, Law & Bioscience Fellow Lost in the grandeur of National Federation of Independent Business[1] and Hobby Lobby[2] is a provision of the Affordable Care Act that may[3] send the law tumbling down. This summer, two federal circuits split on whether individuals can receive subsidies to help purchase health insurance in states that failed […]

Starting from Scratch: Building China’s Private Healthcare System

By Daniel Barber for the Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences Blog. Being lost in translation is frustrating, especially when important ideas need to be exchanged. Needless to say, in a crowded banquet hall located Chengdu China, a UNESCO city of gastronomy, it wasn’t the famous flower pepper of Chengdu that was making me sweat. […]

Determining the Standard of Review for Claim Construction: Supreme Court Holds Oral Argument for Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc.

By Austen Paulsen for the Center for Law & Biomedical Sciences blog. The issue in this case is whether the Federal Circuit may set aside findings of fact made by a district court and review its claim construction de novo or if the Federal Circuit is required to grant deference to the district court’s factual findings as […]

HHS Issues Guidance Regarding HIPAA and Same Sex Marriage

By Leslie Francis for HealthLawProfBlog.  Under HIPAA, patients’ spouses and other family members have certain rights to access health information.  In an important guidance document in the wake of United States v. Windsor, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at HHS has clarified that “spouse” under HIPAA refers to legally married same-sex spouses, even if the individual is receiving services in a jurisdiction […]

Ethical issues in managing the current Ebola crisis

By Leslie Francis reprinted from OUP Blog Until the current epidemic, Ebola was largely regarded as not a Western problem. Although fearsome, Ebola seemed contained to remote corners of Africa, far from major international airports. We are now learning the hard way that Ebola is not—and indeed was never—just someone else’s problem. Yes, this outbreak is different: it originated in West […]