Rachel Sachs

Associate Professor of Law

Rachel Sachs

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Biography

Sachs is a renowned expert on health policy and drug law. She is a scholar of innovation policy whose work explores the interaction of intellectual property law, food and drug regulation and health law. Her work explores problems of innovation and access to new health care technologies. Sachs’ scholarship has or will have appeared in journals that include the Michigan Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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WashU Expert: Coronavirus failures suggest problem with innovation policy

WashU Expert: Coronavirus failures suggest problem with innovation policy

All of the issues surrounding COVID-19 trace back to a single legal stream, says an expert on drug policy and health law at Washington University in St. Louis. The lack of diagnostic testing. The lagging development and distribution of personal protective equipment. Shortages of ventilators. Finding prescription medication to treat the disease. They all are related by law and policy.
Prescription drug affordability

Prescription drug affordability

A final judgment invalidating the entire Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional would not only harm those in the individual market or Medicaid expansion—but would also jeopardize the ability of even more Americans to afford their prescription drugs.