Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Right to Try

It refers to the ability of dying patients to try non-FDA approved medicine that has the potential to save their lives.  Rituparna Basu of the Voices for Reason blog discusses a recent Washington Post editorial calling for the FDA to allow dying patients the right to try such medicines (click here for the original article).  Of particular value in Basu's post is this spot-on conclusion:
My two cents: It is heartening to hear that, in at least some states, terminally ill patients will be able to pursue all their medical options without having to first jump through the FDA’s hoops. But everyone, not just those who are terminally ill, should be free to do this. The government has no rational basis for prohibiting individuals from deciding for themselves the drugs they are willing to take and the treatments they are willing to undergo.
Click here to read the post.