Skip to comments.Marc Thiessen: Thank Republicans for your Right to Try
Posted on 05/30/2018 9:29:10 AM PDT by jazusamo
WASHINGTON -- Imagine the horror of learning you have a terminal illness for which science has not yet come up with a treatment. Now imagine receiving the same diagnosis, and then learning a promising new treatment exists that could save your life -- but you can't get access to it thanks to governmental obstacles.
That is the nightmare that befell Andrea Sloan, an Austin lobbyist who gave up her job at a high-priced law firm to advocate for victims of domestic violence.
In 2007, Sloan was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and for more than six years tried every Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment for her disease. All failed. With Sloan's health rapidly deteriorating, her doctor at MD Anderson Cancer Center told her she had one last hope: a new drug that inhibits DNA repair in cancer cells, which had shown great promise in clinical trials with patients that had her specific genetic mutation.
But Sloan did not qualify for a clinical trial. And while the drug had passed safety trials, it was not yet approved by the FDA. She would have to seek "compassionate use." After months of lobbying (and being turned down by one manufacturer), she finally convinced another to grant her access. She was ready to begin treatment, but then she hit a deadly roadblock: Before she could obtain the drug her physician recommended and that a manufacturer was willing to provide, she had to beg the FDA for approval. Her doctor was forced to spend around 100 hours filling out FDA paperwork (a requirement that has since been streamlined, thanks to public pressure). Then, the FDA took 24 days to review the application.
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Rush Limbaugh just brought it up.
“The obstructionism of Democrats in President Trump’s administration is unprecedented.”
Correction. The last time the Democrats were this obstructionist and openly supporting the assassination of a Republican President the issue they opposed was abolition of slavery and the President was Abraham Lincoln.
Good point, FRiend.
Trump should really strongly inform everyone that he is very pro-breathing. Maybe some of the knuckleheads in Washington and the media will take this as an affront and after a few minutes, no longer be with us.
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RIP Andrea Sloan.
May God damn the FDA bureaucrats who may as well have have shot her in the face.
Amen to that.
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