Saturday, May 17, 2014

the "right to try" law

If you're dead if you do and dead if you don't, it doesn't seem unreasonable to make experimental drugs available to those who are on death's doorstep. Who knows, maybe such experimental drugs might work and if they don't, the patient is no worse off than s/he was in the first place. A dying (wo)man deserves the choice.

Colorado is due to sign into law a "right to try" bill today.
The "Right To Try" law allows terminally ill patients to obtain experimental drugs without getting federal approval. It's a proposal being advanced in several states by patient advocates who are frustrated by the yearslong federal approval process for experimental drugs in the pipeline.

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