Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies

Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
PRL-IHPS contributes to the solution of complex and challenging health policy problems through leadership in research, training, technical assistance, and public service.
Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law
Learn more about the new on-line Masters of Science in Health Policy and Law Degree Program at UCSF and UC Hastings College of Law.
Hal Luft Award Winner 2017
In recognition of UCSF faculty who are engaged in health services and/or health policy research in their mentoring roles which demonstrate the qualities exemplified by Dr. Harold Luft.

 

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Sugar Industry Suppressed Evidence of Health Risks of Sucrose

Drug prices

The sugar industry funded animal research in the 1960s that looked into the effects of sugar consumption on cardiovascular health — and then buried the data when it suggested that sugar could be harmful, according to newly released historical documents.

The internal industry documents were uncovered by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and described in a new report in the journal PLOS Biology on Tuesday.

The documents described in the new report are part of a cache of internal sugar industry communications that Cristin E. Kearns, an assistant professor at UCSF with a joint appointment in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, Division of Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. “The Sugar Association proved to itself that calories from sugar had different metabolic effects than calories from starch in 1969,” said Dr. Kearns

“This case is one more illustration that, like the tobacco industry, the sugar industry has a long history of suppressing scientific results that do not support its economic interests,” said senior author Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, UCSF professor of medicine and director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.  

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NYTimes:  https://nyti.ms/2jL9zpW
IHPS News: https://healthpolicy.ucsf.edu/news/sugar-industry-suppressed-evidence-health-risks-sucrose
PLOS Journal: http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.2003460


Soaring Drug Prices: How They Impact Consumers and What Can Be Done

Drug pricesDrug prices in the United States are twice what they are in the United Kingdom and are much higher than in all other developed countries. In addition, drug prices are rising faster than prices for general consumer products or even other health care products. In this panel, Lisa Gill from Consumer Reports will describe the impact on patients.  R. Adams Dudley, MD, from UCSF, will describe the consequences of high or expensive drug costs on patients with severe or chronic health conditions.  Finally, Robin Feldman from UC Hastings will outline the role of patent law and market forces in driving prices higher. The panel and the audience will then discuss policy options to address high drug prices.

Video: UCSF Presentation by Lisa Gill and R. Adams Dudley, MD
Video: Capitol Insights: A UC Center Sacramento Panel Discussion


VA Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE)

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education (CoEPCE) staff are pleased to announce the release of: Centers of Excellence in Primary Care Education: Compendium of Five Case Studies: Lessons for Interprofessional Teamwork in Education and Workplace Learning Environments 2011-2016.

Annette Gardner, PHD, MPH (UCSF) and other CoEPCE authors located in VA medical centers in Boise Idaho; Cleveland, Ohio; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; and West Haven, Connecticut worked together to overview the project and tell the story behind five unique examples of integrated interprofessional curriculum to support the clinical education workplace. 

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