Category: Kevin Outterson

Experts Media Alert – SCOTUS to rule on King v. Burwell

For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court is set to rule on a question which challenges the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In March, the court heard arguments on the case King v. Burwell, which deals with a unanimous federal appeals court ruling that upheld Internal Revenue Service regulations allowing health-insurance tax credits under the ACA for […]

The drug push

Science Magazine Kevin Outterson, School of Law This past January, microbiologists Kim Lewis and Slava Epstein reported the discovery of teixobactin, a compound that in lab dishes kills several antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Media outlets heralded the discovery, announced in Nature, as a new solution to the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance… Expert quote: “For […]

White House Issues Action Plan to Fight Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Kevin Outterson, School of Law The White House issued the most extensive action plan ever against drug-resistant bacteria, or superbugs, seeking to curb antibiotic use at farms and hospitals—and promote tests to find lethal bugs, and antibiotics to kill them… Expert quote: “It is the boldest move against antibiotic resistance […]

The White House’s plan to tackle antibiotic resistance doesn’t go far enough

Vox Kevin Outterson, School of Law Antibiotic resistance — when bacteria outsmart the drugs we have to combat them — is a massive problem facing the modern world. While resistance to drugs is a natural evolutionary process, it’s been sped up by our overuse of antibiotics, spurring on more “superbug” infections, killing thousands of people […]