November 12, 2018

Around the nation: Harvard Medical School just received its largest donation in history

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    George Daley, dean of the medical school, called the $200 million gift "transformational," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

    • California: Pop star Lady Gaga on Thursday called for more mental health programs after sharing her personal struggles with anxiety and depression at the Patron of the Artists Awards. "We are losing a generation of young people who do not believe that their voices are worth hearing," she said. "We need to share our stories so that global mental health no longer resides and festers in the darkness." Gaga said SAG-AFTRA should collaborate with her Born This Way Foundation to offer support to people who are suffering with mental health (Mallenbaum, USA Today, 11/9).

    • Massachusetts: Harvard Medical School on Thursday received its largest donation in the school's history. The $200 million gift was donated by Len Blavatnik, who has an MBA from Harvard, and the Blavatnik Family Foundation. George Daley, dean of the medical school, said the "transformational gift ... will bring us closer to solving the most intractable health challenges of our time." In honor of the gift, the school will put 10 basic science and social science departments under one division named the Blavatnik Institute (AP/Sacramento Bee, 11/8).  

    • New Jersey: Johnson & Johnson's pharmaceutical company Janssen Pharmaceuticals voluntarily recalled three birth control pills labeled with inadequate instructions. The company recalled two lots of Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 and one lot of Ortho-Novum 1/35 that were missing instructions on how to use the dispenser pack—an omission that could cause the patient to take the pills in the incorrect order, which could lead to "breakthrough bleeding or an unintended pregnancy," according to the recall notice (Paavola, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/8).

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