Menu

Right-to-Try Bill Passes the Senate

The legislation removes restrictions for seriously ill patients to access experimental treatments that have not received FDA approval.

Aug 4, 2017
Catherine Offord

PIXABAY, VAL-GB Abill allowing seriously ill patients to obtain access to experimental, unapproved treatments passed the US Senate in a unanimous vote on Thursday (August 3). The legislation, known as the Right to Try Act, expands on similar laws already passed in 37 states, and eliminates the requirement for patients to obtain permission from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to purchase treatments that are still undergoing evaluation.

“These are real people facing their mortality with no hope,” Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), who sponsored the bill, said from the Senate floor. “This right-to-try piece of legislation will give those individuals and their family hope.”

The current bill is an updated version of legislation that Johnson proposed in January, and was passed as part of a deal after the Senator threatened to delay a critical FDA funding reauthorization bill unless a vote took place on the right-to-try legislation. Unlike the original version, the now-passed legislation requires that safety problems occurring in right-to-try situations are reported to the FDA. It also prevents drug companies from charging patients more than the production cost for the treatment itself.

Critics argue that the measure is unnecessary, as the FDA approves more than 90 percent of requests for compassionate use of experimental treatments, and it is the drug companies that are reluctant to supply patients with unapproved products. NYU Langone Medical Center’s Alison Bateman-House, an assistant professor of medical ethics, tells the Washington Post that the bill is consequently “inherently deceptive.”

Meanwhile, the consumer group Public Citizen warns that the move could be problematic for the FDA, undermining the agency’s authority in the approval procedure for experimental treatments, the New York Times reports—all the while, providing “false hope to patients.” 

April 2019

Will Car T Cells Smash Tumors?

New trials take the therapy beyond the blood

Marketplace

Sponsored Product Updates

Getting More Consistent Results by Knowing the Quality of Your Protein
Getting More Consistent Results by Knowing the Quality of Your Protein
Download this guide from NanoTemper to learn how to identify and evaluate the quality of your protein samples!
Myth Busting: The Best Way to Use Pure Water in the Lab
Myth Busting: The Best Way to Use Pure Water in the Lab
Download this white paper from ELGA LabWater to learn about the role of pure water in the laboratory and the advantages of in-house water purification!
Shimadzu's New Nexera UHPLC Series with AI and IoT Enhancements Sets Industry Standard for Intelligence, Efficiency and Design
Shimadzu's New Nexera UHPLC Series with AI and IoT Enhancements Sets Industry Standard for Intelligence, Efficiency and Design
Shimadzu Corporation announces the release of the Nexera Ultra High-Performance Liquid Chromatograph series, incorporating artificial intelligence as Analytical Intelligence, allowing systems to detect and resolve issues automatically. The Nexera series makes lab management simple by integrating IoT and device networking, enabling users to easily review instrument status, optimize resource allocation, and achieve higher throughput.
IDT lowers genomic barriers with powerful rhAmpSeq™ targeted sequencing system
IDT lowers genomic barriers with powerful rhAmpSeq™ targeted sequencing system
Increasing accuracy and reducing cost barriers, IDT’s innovative system delivers simple and cost-effective amplicon sequencing