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The DEA Must Accommodate the Right to Try

May 24, 2021

Passed by 41 states before a federal version was signed into law in 2018, Right to Try gives dying patients the right to use investigational medicines that have been approved for safety, but not yet approved for final sale, by the federal government.

The basic principle of Right to Try is that individuals have the right to make their own decisions about their health care — especially when their lives hang in the balance, without having to first get permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — permission that often takes a long time to get, and which the FDA often refuses for arbitrary reasons.

In the years since they were adopted, Right to Try laws have improved and saved the lives of hundreds of terminally ill patients who otherwise would have been out of options.

Read the rest of the op-ed at the Daily Independent.

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



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