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Right to Try is A Snake Oil Sale to “Dismantle the FDA”

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Right to Try laws have been getting a lot of press lately with California being the 32nd state to pass such a statute. The goal of such laws is to gain terminally ill patients access to experimental treatments (those compounds that have passed phase 1 clinical testing). The laws create a bypass around the FDA allowing patients to directly approach companies for compassionate use. They are an attempt to disempower the FDA and allow people to try any drug they wish.…

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