Right-to-try laws are U.S. state and Federal laws that were created to let terminally ill patients try experimental therapies that have completed Phase I testing but have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Prior to the passage of Right-to-try laws, patients needed FDA approval to use experimental drugs.
Most Democrats and public health groups oppose the bill, arguing that it could put patients in danger. Opponents also argue it gives “false hope” to patients since drugmakers aren’t required to give unapproved medicines to patients who ask for them. But tell that to Natalie. Supporters say it will provide new treatment opportunities for terminally ill patients who have exhausted existing options.
The legislation was championed by the Trump administration and passed, back in June of 2018. “While a long time coming, today is a monumental win for patients desperately seeking the Right-to-try investigational treatments and therapies,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and health subcommittee chairman Michael Burgess (R-Texas).
Natalie Harp, who has battled stage 2 bone cancer for most of her life and was left wheelchair-bound and in excruciating pain following a nurse’s medical mistake in 2015. At Faith & Freedom Coalition meeting: “The medical establishment, they came by and saw me there, and they wrote prescriptions for opioids, and they walked on,” said Harp, standing next to Trump. “She was in a wheelchair, she was in a bed, and they were actually preparing her for death,” Trump said. “Because of Right-to-try, they had a medicine that wouldn’t have been approved for years. Now, it’s looking a lot better. I don’t know what it was, but that sucker worked for Natalie.”
See Natalie’s moving speech at the Faith & Freedom Coalition meeting – click here.
As #ChristmasEve2019 becomes #ChristmasDay2019, I can think of no better way to wish everyone the very best this Christmas & the coming #NewYear2020, than to reflect upon the blessing we have in @POTUS, our #StableGenius, @realDonaldTrump #PromisesKeptpic.twitter.com/9fX5CylzFy
— @gary[WontBackDown] (@gbroh10) December 24, 2019
See a recent interview prepared by the Trump team: click here.
No doubt Ms. Harp and many, many Americans are grateful this Christmas day for the sacrifices made by President Donald J. Trump!