Bolick on Right to Try

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29 Aug 2014

Clint Bolick on Right to Try:

A measure beginning to sweep through the states is offering new hope to patients with terminal diseases and their loved ones. Called “Right to Try,” the statutes establish the right of terminally ill patients to access certain experimental drugs prior to final approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Sadly, an agency that was tasked with approving drugs that can save lives now stands as an obstacle to that very mission. The federal government’s predictable failure to reform itself shifts the focus to the states. The genius of federalism is that power is devolved to governments closest to the people, who are capable of action even when the national government is not. In the case of Right to Try, federalism may turn out literally to be a lifesaver.

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