Wednesday, President Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by signing the “Right-to-Try” law. It will allow terminally ill patients as a last resort to request experimental drugs that have passed Phase 1 of FDA testing. The law is very popular: there are already similar laws in 40 states, and it passed the Senate unanimously last August. However, in the recent House vote, it passed by only 250-169.
I’m honestly trying to understand the thinking of those 169 opponents, but I just can’t. One complained that the bill might give patients false hope. Uh, news flash: they have no other hope. They’re already terminal. Talk about meddling government overreach! Do they really think they’re doing these patients a service or kindness by blocking them from trying the one treatment that might save or at least extend their lives, so that when they die, their last words can be, “Well, at least I didn’t get my hopes up”?
If Congress members really want to help desperately sick people, then get the FDA to speed up the glacier-like drug testing process. In the meantime, at least now, terminally-ill Americans will be free to make their own decision as to whether the possible risk of failure or side effects outweighs the 100% certainty of death.