President Donald Trump signed a “Right to Try” bill yesterday, which lets terminally ill patients use not-yet FDA approved drugs. Those patients can now opt to use medicine that’s passed the first stage of testing at the federal agency. U.S, Sen. Ron Johnson is an author of the bill and says it’ll save lives.
The new law is named for four terminally ill patients who pushed for the legislation.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency might need to put in place new regulations to balance the law. Johnson pushed back on that today, saying the law quote “intends to diminish the FDA’s power over people’s lives, not increase it.”
WORT producer Nina Kravinsky spoke to a critic of the new law, University of Pennsylvania bioethics professor Dr. Steven Joffe.