Public Health Law Blog Archive

Jul 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Reducing Discrimination against Job Applicants with Substance Use Disorders

posted on Thu, Jul 30 2015 1:16 pm by Derek Carr

Addiction carries a greater stigma than most other diseases, often ostracizing those affected and producing discriminatory policies, including employment practices. But, to a certain extent, federal law prohibits such discrimination.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Local Government Planners Can Improve Access to Healthy Food and Increase Physical Activity

posted on Wed, Jul 29 2015 3:29 pm by Meghan Marrinan Feliciano

Local government planners have historically played an important role in preventing and curbing dangerous health conditions such as cholera, yellow fever and diphtheria. Today, planners have the opportunity to address chronic health issues, including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Removing Trans Fat from the Food System: The FDA Ban and What’s Next

posted on Wed, Jul 22 2015 12:48 pm by Mathew Swinburne

Last month the Food and Drug Administration took an important step to protect the health of the country by initiating a ban on the use of trans fatty acid as a cooking agent in foods. So what does this mean for local and state governments who have already taken actions to regulate trans fat?

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Room for Flexibility in FDA’s “Gold Standard” of Drug Approval

posted on Thu, Jul 16 2015 10:45 am by James E. Valentine

The United States’ drug approval process is recognized as a “gold standard” worldwide. This standard is upheld by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but is it restricting the development of new drugs to treat rare diseases?

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

King v. Burwell: The Supreme Court Decision and the Future of the Affordable Care Act

posted on Wed, Jul 8 2015 12:51 pm by Jane Perkins

On June 25, the Supreme Court upheld a key element of the Affordable Care Act, allowing millions of low- and middle-income Americans to use any exchange – state or federal – to enroll in a health plan and obtain financial assistance to pay their health insurance premiums. The Court’s decision provides some important takeaways.

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Second Time's the Charm: The FDA’s Amendment of Safety Regulations for Fruits, Vegetables and other Fresh Produce

posted on Wed, Jul 8 2015 11:40 am by Mathew Swinburne

Produce safety has been a hot topic since President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law in 2011. FSMA required the FDA to issue proposed produce safety regulations. The FDA recently issued a proposed supplemental rule to amend their original proposal. While the revisions did not address all of the public’s concerns, they did tackle some critical issues.

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