Health Law Matters

Physician Alert: Patient Informed Consent for Medical Marijuana Treatments

State laws vary considerably in terms of the professional obligations they place on physicians obtaining a patient’s informed consent for the use of medical marijuana. Ohio, for example, requires a physician to document in the medical record the patient’s consent (or legal representative’s consent if the patient is a minor) to medical marijuana treatment prior to completing a recommendation. Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-03. Read More ›

Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for Drug Development

Prescription Drugs and a piggy bank on a scale

As a result of huge costs and pricing pressures, many drug development players are now participating in public-private partnerships (PPP) to share the costs of drug development efforts. Read More ›

Hemp and CBD Sales Bill Cultivated in Ohio

Hemp and CBD Sales Bill Cultivated in Ohio

Hemp is not marijuana – let us start there. This is a critical distinction the Ohio legislature has learned through the lobbying efforts of our firm’s government relations subsidiary, CivicPoint LLC. CivicPoint has helped inform state lawmakers and advance a bill to legalize hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products. Read More ›

West Virginia Passes Medical Cannabis Banking Reforms

West Virginia Adopts  New Rules to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, on March 26, 2019, signed House Bill 2538, which was intended to address banking issues that Treasurer John Perdue and the existing correspondent banks for the State of West Virginia previously raised with respect to the fees, penalties, and taxes authorized by the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act. Read More ›

Health Insurance Payment Rates – How “Transparent” Can We Get?

Health Insurance Payment Rates – How “Transparent” Can We Get?

It’s no secret that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently launched a number of efforts aimed at enhancing transparency in the U.S. health care system. These efforts include better access to one’s own medical record information and various drug pricing disclosure initiatives. But... Read More ›

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Brian F. Higgins is an associate in FBT's regulated business group with a focus on health care, and he has a history as corporate counsel to Medpace, Inc., a pharmaceutical clinical research organization.

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