Madoff, Shapiro and Boston Hospitals

If Carl Shapiro loses his fortune in the clean-up of the Madoff affair, what will it mean to Boston hospitals and scientists?  The Globe reported on July 6  that the philanthropist’s close relationship with Madoff may cost him much more than it already has. Eleven days ago, while Bernard Madoff was in a Manhattan jail cell awaiting his … Continue reading Madoff, Shapiro and Boston Hospitals

Patient group joins breast cancer gene patent suit

Many Boston orgs have reps working with this not-into-pink,  Bay-area group, including Silent Spring Institute, Our Bodies, Ourselves and local breast cancer activist groups.  Here from Breast Cancer Action’s press release:  Breast Cancer Action (BCA) is challenging the legality of patenting human “breast cancer genes.” BCA is joining the American Civil Liberties Union in suing Myriad … Continue reading Patient group joins breast cancer gene patent suit

Hanging with the Health Wonks

Today I defer to the New England links on The Health Wonk Review, a biweekly collection of the best in health policy blogs. Every two weeks, a different blogger hosts this blawg digest -- I mean, blog... no,  I mean the current host, Health Blawg. Newton lawyer David Harlow hosts this health policy and law site … Continue reading Hanging with the Health Wonks

Wednesday Bloody Wednesday in MA for drug and device makers?

 (Sorry, U2 played in the tiny Somerville Theater last night.) State regulators yesterday approved the final details of a new regulation limiting gifts from drug companies to docs. Liz Kowalczyk of the Globe explains it here. The regulations, approved by the Public Health Council, are intended to implement a law passed last summer to restrict interactions … Continue reading Wednesday Bloody Wednesday in MA for drug and device makers?

Vermont link to Supreme Court ruling on FDA liability

Big Supreme Court ruling. This from The Washington Post site: The Supreme Court today ruled in favor of a woman who had her arm amputated after an improper injection of an antinausea drug and said drugmakers could not rely on federal regulation to protect them from lawsuits brought under state consumer protection laws. The court ruled … Continue reading Vermont link to Supreme Court ruling on FDA liability