The Strange Allure of State 'Right-to-Try' Laws
174 JAMA Internal Medicine 1885 (2014)
Posted: 19 Aug 2015
Date Written: September 29, 2014
State right-to-try laws revive a decades-long debate about balancing early access to unapproved medications for terminally ill patients with requirements for demonstrated safety and effectiveness. Although the legal approach is novel, there are many reasons to believe that the laws are likely to be futile. The laws also raise questions about the roles of the state and federal governments in overseeing drugs and medical devices.
Keywords: FDA, compassionate use, drugs, federalism, health law and policy
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