ICYMI from yesterday’s Washington Post: back in the early 1980s the Orphan Drug Act was stalled in Congress. Jack Klugman’s brother, a screenwriter, suffered from a rare cancer and ultimately wrote two episodes of Quincy devoted to the topic. California representative Henry Waxman invited Klugman to testify before Congress. As the Post reports, Klugman played an “instrumental role” in the passage of the bill.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis