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.

The actor Jack Klugman died on Christmas Eve at age 90. Klugman was best known for his roles as the unkempt sportswriter in “The Odd Couple” and as the crusading medical examiner on “Quincy, M.E.” the wildly popular 1980s medical drama.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) 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. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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