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house Bill H.R. 2368

Right to Try Act: Should Terminally Ill Patients be Able to Try Experimental Treatments?

Argument in favor

This bill would give families and individuals access to potentially lifesaving treatments that haven’t been approved by the FDA when they have no alternative. If the patient and physician understand the risks, they should have the right to try experimental treatments.

Pamela 's Opinion
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07/29/2017
This should not involve the government. It should be a decision between the patient and doctor.
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Anna's Opinion
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07/29/2017
If you know the risks and want to try because your only other option is imminent death, then yes you should be allowed to try. This choice should be up to individuals, with the support of their families and doctors. There is no place for a politician or government official in a hospital room. Please get the government out of these personal decisions.
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Amber's Opinion
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07/29/2017
Everyone owns there own body. The government should have no say on this.
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Argument opposed

This bill is too risky because the FDA and clinical trial process exist to prevent unsafe treatments from being used. Besides, insurers may not pay for it and drug companies may not allow the experimental treatment to be used.

Betsy's Opinion
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07/29/2017
Terminally ill patients should be prioritized for inclusion in clinical trials, where the trial is for a treatment appropriate for their condition, but there is sadly a long history of snake-oil salesmen taking advantage of terminally ill people and loved ones with false promises of miracle cures. Untested treatments may be worthless or may be unsafe - that is precisely why FDA regulations are in place. While this bill was likely proposed with a positive intent, I worry that it could lead to unscrupulous persons taking advantage of vulnerable people.
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07/29/2017
The clinical trial process already exists for this, and needs as many patients as possible to produce reliable data. If we regularly let patients opt out of that process, it would greatly slow down the pace of drug trials that are beneficial to our society
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Talene's Opinion
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07/30/2017
Why do we keep having these terrible bills that are obviously meant to allow unscrupulous businesses to take advantage of vulnerable populations? No, Snake Oil Salesman should not be able to market their garbage that has not been proven to work to someone who is dying and desperate.
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    This should not involve the government. It should be a decision between the patient and doctor.
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    Terminally ill patients should be prioritized for inclusion in clinical trials, where the trial is for a treatment appropriate for their condition, but there is sadly a long history of snake-oil salesmen taking advantage of terminally ill people and loved ones with false promises of miracle cures. Untested treatments may be worthless or may be unsafe - that is precisely why FDA regulations are in place. While this bill was likely proposed with a positive intent, I worry that it could lead to unscrupulous persons taking advantage of vulnerable people.
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    If you know the risks and want to try because your only other option is imminent death, then yes you should be allowed to try. This choice should be up to individuals, with the support of their families and doctors. There is no place for a politician or government official in a hospital room. Please get the government out of these personal decisions.
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    Everyone owns there own body. The government should have no say on this.
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    Of course they should! People own themselves. Therefore a person should have the right to try anything they desire. Specifically relating to experimental drugs for treatment.
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    Why does this even need to be a law? Seems to me if I was a terminally ill person and my doctor advised me of possible treatments it should be MY decision.
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    The clinical trial process already exists for this, and needs as many patients as possible to produce reliable data. If we regularly let patients opt out of that process, it would greatly slow down the pace of drug trials that are beneficial to our society
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    This is a shot at surviving a terrible illness or an illness that has reduced the quality of life. I believe that this should allowed. It is an option that the patient's physician feels is the best treat option. Vote yes.
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    My father had ALS and lived 2 1/2 years with this horrible disease. Most of the time, drug trials take longer than this. If people with terminal illnesses are allowed to try treatments, they could live longer and possibly live long enough for a cure to be found. Please pass this bill!
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    Just like a woman should be able to have control over her own body, a terminally ill patient should be able to make their own decisions that affect their health. As a hospice nurse, I support and encourage my patients to do what is right for them as they see fit.
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    My body my choice Butt out
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    If nothing else works, yes. Also, 1) Nobody can be sued for any outcome 2) Should be free since it's experimental. Maybe insurance, drug company, or government grants (If government funds though, they must receive profits later on)
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    If you're terminally ill, what have you got to lose.
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    It's precisely not the government's job to protect people from themselves. Let people pursue whatever treatments they want, and let the buyer beware. How patronizing do you have to be to say "You're too dumb to make a decision in your own best interest, so I, who know better than you what is good for you, will prevent you." Get your arrogant self out of the way and stop patting yourself on the back for imposing your will on an autonomous human being! They're free to make their own decisions, for better or worse!
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    My husband had small cell carcinoma lung cancer. There was no cure. We wanted to try everything, anything. He had chemo therapy to no avail. It was the most excrutiating time of my liife when I lost him. He was my husband, true love, my best friend and my whole support system. If he was going to die, what difference would it have made if he undergone some experimental drug. If it worked, we could have rejoiced. If not, well..... he died anyway. Yes. I see as long as no harm is done to further the death of a loved one, why not?
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    People covered by this bill have nothing left to loose. It is no longer about quality of life, but a fighting chance at it. What's more, insurance should cover these treatments.
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    Why do we keep having these terrible bills that are obviously meant to allow unscrupulous businesses to take advantage of vulnerable populations? No, Snake Oil Salesman should not be able to market their garbage that has not been proven to work to someone who is dying and desperate.
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    This bill would give families and individuals access to potentially lifesaving treatments that haven’t been approved by the FDA when they have no alternative. If the patient and physician understand the risks, they should have the right to try experimental treatments. Terminally ill people deserve the right to keep fighting for a chance to survive.
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    Having walked with my husband through a terminal illness, yes, unequivocally yes, a person should have access to whatever treatment they and their doctors decide is best.
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    If I'm dying, I'm not going to die more by taking an experimental treatment. I want the chance to live
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