Sadly, too many American simply do not grasp what liberty is. Many of our “leaders” are to be counted among those who do not believe, or even grasp what liberty is. Animal has the story of a bill that would allow terminally ill to choose alternative treatments. Frankly, I it is sad such freedom must be “given”to us by Congress. It seems like a natural right, AKA liberty, to me
There is at present a bill in Congress, H.R. 878, known as the “right to try” bill. The summary reads as follows:
This bill requires the federal government to allow unrestricted manufacturing, distribution, prescribing, and dispensing of experimental drugs, biological products, and medical devices that are: (1) intended to treat a patient who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and (2) authorized by state law. The federal government must allow unrestricted possession and use of such treatments by patients certified by a physician as having exhausted all other treatment options.
A manufacturer, distributor, prescriber, dispenser, possessor, or user of such a treatment has no liability regarding the treatment.
The outcome of manufacture, distribution, prescribing, dispensing, possession, or use of such a treatment may not be used by a federal agency to adversely impact review or approval of the treatment.
The treatment must: (1) have successfully completed a phase 1 (initial, small scale) clinical trial; (2) remain under investigation in a clinical trial approved by the Food and Drug Administration; and (3) not be approved, licensed, or cleared for sale under the Federal Food, Drug, or Cosmetic Act or the Public Health Service Act.
Seems logical, right?
Well, a whole bunch of folks are against it. Here’s why:
“Patients with terminal conditions who access unapproved therapies outside of clinical trials may be at risk of hastened death or reduced quality of the life that they have left, and deserve protections similar to patients taking part in clinical trials,” the authors wrote.
Andrew Powaleny, a spokesperson for the pharmaceutical industry organization PhRMA, which hasn’t taken a firm stance on the legislation, said, “It is crucial that any right-to-try policy proposals protect patient safety and the integrity of the clinical trial process along with U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversight. PhRMA appreciated the opportunity last fall to work with Sen. Johnson on his proposal and is engaged in an ongoing dialogue with his office and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Walden.”
Honestly, (language alert) fuck these assholes.
Yes, that is blunt, and indeed coarse language, but it is deserved frankly. These central planning statists do not believe in individual liberty. It really is that cut and dry.