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04/14/2015

Is there a “Right to Try” Experimental Drugs?

From The State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Patient freedom, ethics at the heart of ‘Right to Try’ push in Illinois

Some doctors worry that an effort to grant terminally ill people more access to unproven drugs might offer them false hope or even be harmful, but advocates for a “right to try” say patients should have more opportunities for treatments that could extend their lives.

Legislation with bipartisan support that was approved by Illinois House and Senate committees would create a Right to Try Act, letting patients seek treatments with their doctor’s consultation that have passed only the first phase of U.S. Food and Drug Administration testing…

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