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New Hope For The Terminally Ill?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | May 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

President Trump has signed into law the so-called "Right To Try" bill. In essence, this gives those people who are dying from such illnesses as cancer the opportunity to undertake medical treatments that have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug

Rage, Rage . . .

Administration (FDA).  While this sounds like a good thing, the devil, as always, is in the details.

Irrational Thinking Does Not Help

Many people think that there are cures and treatments available that the FDA simply won't approve or will take too long to bring to market.  This line of thinking suggests that the government is hiding the best chance that the dying have to be cured. But, this thinking is not rational. It is tinged in conspiracy and plays on the worst of our instincts.  For someone who is dying, the lure of these unapproved treatments may prove irresistible. 

The FDA Has Its Reasons

The FDA has sound reasons for withholding approval on many treatments. Some look promising, but they end up doing more harm than good. You don't need a long memory to recall "wonder" drugs that either failed or made people worse.  In the face of death, almost anything looks feasible. But, the Right To Try law might bring more suffering rather than less. Unapproved drugs could cause additional problems or even bring about death sooner.

Drug Companies Fear Lawsuits

Pharma Roulette?

Keep in mind, too, that drug companies are not likely to eagerly dispense drugs that lack FDA approval.  The threat of being sued if something goes wrong will play a significant role in how pharmaceutical companies respond to the Right To Try law. I suspect that without the government giving drug companies immunity from litigation, most of them will opt out of providing unapproved drugs to dying patients.

A Search For A Cure Or Just Human Experimentation?

Time will tell if this new law will assist the dying. President Trump apparently believes that this law will save hundreds of thousands of lives. This is delusional thinking and nothing good comes from delusion. Time will tell whether this new law helps people or simply opens the door to human experimentation.

What do you think? Would you be willing to take drugs or other treatments not yet approved by the FDA? Let me know. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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