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Federal “right to try” is law! Now what?

Federal “right to try” is law! Now what?

Last week, Pres. Trump signed the federal right to try law. So what happens next? Meaning, who is it going to affect and how big of a difference is it going to make in the lives of the terminally ill and those without any other therapeutic option. Why a federal law was needed? As most of you know, a majority of states have already passed a right to try law. The problem with just having the law on a state…

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Are all these anti-patients’ rights laws necessary for autologous stem cell transplants?

Are all these anti-patients’ rights laws necessary for autologous stem cell transplants?

  A long time ago as a first semester law student, I took the “Legal Method” course on how to read cases, the rules of statutory construction, and generally the analytic tools which lawyers use to analyze the law. I still remember the professor explaining how sometimes a law is created which makes sense when created, but the reason for the law is later eliminated, but the law continues.  He gave the example of the old English common law rule…

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Federal Right to Try; hopefully not déjà vu all over again

Federal Right to Try; hopefully not déjà vu all over again

  Recently, a federal right to try bill was introduced in the senate, which is a companion to a bill introduced in the house last summer, HR 3012.  I want so bad to feel hopeful and even excited. I’m trying, I really am, but I was deeply involved in similar past efforts, including the bill championed by the heavy weight senators, “the Toms” (Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle and Tom Harkin) along with Congressman Peter DeFazio. I was also around…

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Why can’t dying patients have ANY drug they can get their hands on?

Why can’t dying patients have ANY drug they can get their hands on?

For almost 40 years, terminal patients have been trying to obtain access to unapproved new drugs. The latest effort has come from the Goldwater Institute (“GI”) which has made the strategic decision to bypass Congress and the federal courts and go directly to the state legislatures. GI’s legislative efforts have been wildly successful, having passed its “right to try” law in more than half of the states. That’s an almost unbelievable accomplishment and everyone should laud and support it, but…

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