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Right to try 23 Feb 2014 17:08 #1353

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Right to try 24 Feb 2014 02:04 #1354

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A new movement is afoot in the USA to introduce some common sense. It's starting first in Arizona.

A bill allowing the terminally ill to use experimental drugs not yet approved for use by the Federal Drug Administration has advanced to the full House in Arizona.

Arizona lawmakers passed the bill out of committee and in the next three weeks both chambers of the legislature could vote on it. It would then need to be approved by voters in November.

The Right to Try law would give those who have exhausted all other treatment options the use of non-FDA approved drugs. According to the Goldwater Institute, similar laws are under consideration and in different stages of the legislative process in seven other states.

Supporters of the bill are optimistic it will become law in Arizona and that other states will follow suit.

“This is a fundamental right for people to have,” said Christina Corieri, a health care policy analyst at the Goldwater Institute, which helped craft the law. “They have a fundamental right to save their own life, and there shouldn’t be a bureaucrat in the picture.”

Corieri said patients themselves should have the right to decide if they want to take these drugs, which may or may not have potential side effects.

“We know the side effect that will occur if they don’t access these drugs—they are going to die,” said Corieri.

Frank Burroughs, cofounder of the Abigail Alliance, which advocates for wider access to developmental drugs, said Arizona’s actions are a hopeful sign.

“I am very hopeful right now,” said Burroughs. “At times, this business could feel very hopeless.”

Burroughs’ daughter, Abigail, died at the age of 21 after exhausting all FDA approved drugs. Her access to the drug Erbitux was denied, even though it was showing promising signs in early clinical trials.

The FDA approved Erbitux three-and-a-half years after Abigail’s death.

Burroughs said he believes Abigail would be alive today.
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Right to try 24 Feb 2014 02:10 #1355

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Yes- this is the (infamous) compassionate use theme, that should be everybodies human right in the first place.

Wonder if this will work and whether the federal government want (or can) intervene. :whistle:


All- if you copy stuff from websites or own docs written with software like MS Word- there tends to be alot of code attached which can do funny things elsewhere. You do not see that- but its there.
I always copy content like that to Wordpad- or some simple write utility , which takes the formatting out- and than post to the board. That always works. :nice:

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