Michael Law

Dr. Michael Law is an assistant professor in the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He completed his PhD in health policy at Harvard University and a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, where he trained in research methods and statistics. His research includes a range of studies on pharmaceutical policy changes, the affordability of medicines, and direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs.

Law has been published in leading medical journals, received both national and international awards, and his work has been featured in news media such as New Scientist, Forbes, the Globe & Mail, The New York Times, and USA Today. Since his appointment at UBC, he has received several notable awards, including the Labelle Lectureship at McMaster University, the 2011 Paper of the Year Award from the Canadian Institute for Health Services and Policy Research, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award, and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award.

Recent Publications

Law MR, Daw JR, Cheng L, Morgan SG. Growth in private payments for health care by Canadian households. Health Policy. 2013 May;110(2-3):141-6. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2013.01.014. Epub 2013 Feb 16. (PubMed abstract)

Law MR, Kratzer J. The road to competitive generic drug prices in Canada. CMAJ. 2012 Nov 19. [Epub ahead of print] (PubMed abstract)

Law MR, Cheng L, Dhalla IA, Heard D, Morgan SG. The effect of cost on adherence to prescription medications in Canada. CMAJ. 2012 Feb 21;184(3):297-302. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.111270. Epub 2012 Jan 16. (PubMed abstract)

Law MR, Kawasumi Y, Morgan SG. Despite law, fewer than one in eight completed studies of drugs and biologics are reported on time on ClinicalTrials.gov. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Dec;30(12):2338-45. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0172. (PubMed abstract)

Law MR, Soumerai SB, Adams AS, Majumdar SR. Costs and consequences of direct-to-consumer advertising for clopidogrel in Medicaid. Arch Intern Med. 2009 Nov 23;169(21):1969-74. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2009.320. (PubMed abstract)