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






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






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






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






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






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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