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10/20/2015

Gov. Brown’s veto of right-to-try bill

by Lisa Kearns, MS, MA

The conservative press’s reaction to Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of California’s “right-to-try” bill recently was surprising—not because of the vitriol expressed, or because the writers strongly supported the legislation, which was overwhelmingly popular in the state. What was surprising was that in their rush to criticize the Democratic governor, the veto’s opponents failed to see the harm right-to-try legislation poses for patients—providing mythical hope of a 1-in-5,000 shot at a drug that offers a very slim chance of working anyway.

Some background: On Oct. 11, Gov. Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 159, becoming the first state executive to reject right-to-try legislation since the first law was enacted, in Colorado in May 2014.…

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