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Patients Speak Louder Than Politics: How Right to Try Became Law of the Land

August 19, 2022

You wouldn’t know it from examining today’s drug approval system, but there was once a time when federal regulations empowered patients to make informed treatment choices. Years of growing bureaucracy, however, have dramatically transformed this system into a tangled web of red tape that can be impossible for patients to navigate. Today, rather than ensuring that physicians and patients are equipped to make their own decisions, the government has become the decision-maker. It restricts what treatments doctors can prescribe and patients can take—all because it thinks it knows what’s best for us. Fortunately, this system is starting to change, thanks to a new reform called Right to Try, which allows dying Americans to access safe investigational treatments without having to first get permission from the FDA.

Read the rest of the op-ed at Discourse Magazine.  

Christina Sandefur is the Executive Vice President of the Goldwater Institute.



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