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Efthimios Parasidis Media Hits

The following is a list of selected media coverage for Efthimios Parasidis. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes.


The Ohio Attorney General Is Demanding Answers From The Woman Who Started A Facebook Cabbage Juice Cult

May 2, 2018

Professor Efthimios Parasidis was quoted in BuzzFeed News about an Ohio woman claiming that a drink made from fermented cabbage juice can cure a variety of ailments. She is currently under investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. 


“If there is no legitimate substantiation for the claims she is making, then that opens the door to a lawsuit against her,” Parasidis said. 

'Right to Try' Bill Passes House

March 22, 2018

Professor Efthimios Parasidis was quoted in U.S. News & World Report about the federal Right to Try bill that was passed by the House of Representatives. The bill would lessen restrictions against terminally ill patients in search of experimental medical treatment.


"State right-to-try laws are unconstitutional insofar as they override the FDA's federally defined role in the drug review and approval process," Parasidis said. "The federal right to try law aims to strip away the FDA's role as an independent gatekeeper for access to experimental drugs. Taking the FDA out of the review process creates massive concerns, and puts the lives of patients into the hands of for-profit drug companies."

Ohio bill would protect employees who decline to get flu shots

March 7, 2018

Professor Efthimios Parasidis appeared on 10TV News to discuss House Bill 193, which would prevent an employer from taking action against an employee who has not been vaccinated against the flu. 

Should the US Adopt a Data Breach Safety Net?

October 27, 2017

Professor Efthimios Parasidis was quoted in Healthcare Analytics News about how the U.S. can better hold companies accountable and compensate victims following massive data breaches. Parasidis outlined a hypothetical data breach safety net based on the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program at a conference organized by the Department of Health and Human Services.

“To take a step forward, we need to take a step back,” he said.

Issue 2: Breaking down the cost of the Drug Price Relief Act

October 11, 2017

Professor Efthimios Parasidis appeared on WBNS-10TV to discuss Issue 2, the Drug Price Relief Act. Opponents of Issue 2 claim that taxpayer money could be used to defend the law should pharmaceutical companies sue to block it.

"I don't see any legal basis for the pharmaceutical companies to actually sue the state of Ohio once or if this issue passes," Parasidis said. "Studies have consistently shown that Americans pay more for drugs than anywhere else in the world. To say that countries or states like Ohio can't negotiate drug prices is disingenuous on the part of the drug companies.”

Issue 2 fact check: Are all of the VA's prices public record?

September 18, 2017

Professor Efthimios Parasidis was quoted in Cleveland.com about Issue 2, an Ohio initiative that would require the state to pay the same price or lower for prescription drugs as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Opponents of the initiative argue that not all pricing from the VA is publically available.

"The 'No' side is incorrect when they say the ballot initiative is unworkable, although they are correct in saying there needs to be more nuance in how pricing decisions are made by the state," Parasidis said.

Pediatricians are debating whether refusing to vaccinate a child can be construed as 'medical neglect'

August 3, 2017

A study co-authored by Professor Efthimios Parasidis was mentioned in Proto—a publication of Massachusetts General Hospital—in an article about whether refusing to vaccinate a child could be considered medical neglect.

“Doug Opel, a pediatrician and associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, collaborated with attorney Efthimios Parasidis, associate professor of Law and Public Health at the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University in Columbus, to consider the legal precedents,” reporter Nicole Wetsman writes. “They found only nine cases in which a parent was brought before a judge on grounds of medical neglect because of vaccine refusal.”

The Week in Health Law

March 1, 2016

Professor Efthimios Parasidis was interviewed for The Week in Health Law podcast.

Woman Loses Court Challenge Over Frozen Embryos

November 19, 2015

Professor Efthimios Parasidis was quoted in a 10TV News story on a divorcing couple's debate over what to do with unused frozen embryos.

The ex-wife agreed that if they ever got divorced she would have the embryos destroyed but when she changed her mind, her ex-husband sued. A judge sided with him.

"It's almost impossible not to feel for this women in this case", Ohio State Associate Law Professor Efthimios Parasidis said. 

He agrees with the judge, but this medical ethicist says the case also delves into a gray area of the law: Should embryos be treated like property like in a per-nuptial agreement?

"Courts aren't going to say that an embryo is property, but there also not going to say that the embryo is a person because once they say it's a person then an entirely new set of rules comes into the picture," he said.