'Right to Try' Gives People Hope

"Right to Try" law is helping those with life-threatening health problems have access to experimental drugs and treatment not yet approved for general use.

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'Right to Try' Gives People Hope
3 Min Read February 2nd, 2017 Updated:February 14th, 2022

The federal "Right to Try" law has opened a new pathway for terminally ill patients who have exhausted all other health treatment options and can't get into a clinical trial to access treatments.

The "Right to Try Act" was signed into law by former President Trump on May 30, 2018. This law is another way for patients diagnosed with life-threatening diseases or conditions to seek experimental treatment and medications when no other options are available.

Gravely Ill Now Have Some Hope

Those who are gravely ill now have the right to try an experimental drug that the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved. Those suffering from grave health issues often don't have access to drugs being tested that could benefit them, but because they are still in the test stage, they have no access to these medications.

The drug companies were hesitant to offer experimental medications to desperate patients, even in the 41 states with their own Right-to-Try laws. The drug companies felt it would be too risky as it could slow down or even stop drug programs and FDA approvals for new medications if there was an adverse effect with one of these experimental medications.

Experimental Medications May Help When There is Little Hope

People suffering from life-threatening health circumstances can now request a medication approved for testing by the FDA but not yet approved for regular use. Many experts say this is a game-changer and last hope, giving people a chance at a treatment or a cure.

The law now gives those with little hope to improve their condition and perhaps extend their lives. 

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The FDA had already operated an "expanded access" program where seriously ill patients can request experimental treatments. The FDA has now implemented the new expanded "Right-to-Try" program.

The Trump administration had pushed the FDA to be more aggressive in this area. The President wanted the FDA to speed up drug approvals, although FDA officials said it really couldn't get much faster than it was already. The next step was to give people access to experimental drugs when they had little hope for other treatments.

Eligibility for 'Right to Try'

According to the FDA, eligible patients must:

  • Been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease or condition
  • Exhausted approved treatment options and is unable to participate in a clinical trial involving the eligible investigational drug (this must be certified by a physician who is in good standing with their licensing organization or board and who will not be compensated directly by the manufacturer for certifying)
  • And has provided, or their legally authorized representative has provided, written informed consent regarding the eligible investigational drug to the treating physician.

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