Right to Try or Right to Die?

“We also believe that patients with terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives.

People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure — I want to give them a chance right here at home. It is time for the Congress to give these wonderful Americans the “right to try.”
– President Donald Trump State of the Union Address 1/30/2018

Not so fast Mr. President. In fact, almost unanimously critics of “Right to Try (RTT) legislation dismiss it as a feel good proposition with disastrous consequences. As one medical ethicist noted “The public has no idea that this is not a good thing. They know nothing about the bill except that the right-to-try sounds like a good thing.” A good thing maybe for the 1% but for desperate, terminally patients the devil is in the details.

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Hijacking Your DNA: It Could Cost You Your Freedom

In 1996, a young woman was murdered in her apartment in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Although police had the killer’s DNA from the crime scene they were unable to match it to DNA in any of their criminal databases. That is, until 2014, when the police obtained a number of genetic matches from a private lab (now owned by Ancestry.com) […]

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Opioid Epidemic: Drug Companies Killing Americans In The Name Of Profits

The Opioid Epidemic Update on “Drug Companies: Killing Americans in the Name of Profits” New figures released this week confirm what we all expected — the opioid epidemic is on the march striking young Americans the hardest. In 2016, 64,000 people (most under 50) overdosed, the majority on opioids. In 2014 (latest figures available), hospitals […]

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Right to Try or Right to Die? Hijacking the FDA For Fun and Profit

“… false hope legislation [Right to Try Laws] … put countless patients at risk by dramatically undermining the FDA’s role in ensuring that medical products are safe and effective before they become widely used.” (Public Citizen)     Sadly, It’s time for our umpty-umpth article on that serial offender —the health care industry – a […]

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U.S. Know-Nothings Are Back in Charge: Immigrants Beware

“It is one of the consequences of aggression that it hardens the conscience as the only means of quieting it.” (James Fenimore Cooper, The Deerslayer)  “My greatest fear is that we are all suffering from historical amnesia. [Because   of] a system of power that is always deciding in the name of humanity who deserves to […]

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U.S. Health Care Debacle: You’ll Never Guess Who Benefits?

(Update on U.S. Health Care: Getting Less for More follow link to read original report) In our last depressing foray into the alarming statistics that underpin the sorry state of health care in America, we discovered that America has the highest child and infant mortality rate of any high-income, industrialized country in the world, that […]

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