“Right to Try” Is Misguided and Would Likely Do More Harm Than Good

In February, I was proud to join with my colleagues in health law, medicine, and ethics to sign a letter to Chairman Greg Walden and Ranking Member Frank Pallone in the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce in opposition to S.204, the Right to Try Act of 2017 and similar bills being considered in Congress. The letter was subsequently reported by various media outlets.

The bill has been debated and amended since then, but it has not yet passed both houses of Congress. The House is set to vote on it in the coming days. Our message therefore deserves to be repeated below. To read the list of signatories, you can click here.

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