The Right to Try

The Right to Try

How the Federal Government Prevents Americans From Getting the Life-saving Treatments They Need

Book - 2015 | First edition
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"The inspiring state-by-state campaign to allow sick Americans access to experimental treatments currently blocked by the government, chronicled by the woman leading the charge. Should you need the government's permission to try to save your own life? Today, the FDA regulates medications available to Americans. But it takes an average of ten years to bring a new drug to market. Every day thousands of Americans die unnecessarily from fatal diseases for which lifesaving treatments that now exist or are being developed are ruled too "dangerous" for commercial distribution. But how does that FDA standard apply to someone in the terminal stages of cancer or ALS? 'Right to Try' is filled with stories of heroism and heartbreak -- of courageous Americans who beat illnesses no one thought could be defeated; parents who won the fight to get their children access to cutting-edge cures; patients who were denied life-saving treatments by the government ostensibly for their own protection; and incredible doctors and researchers pioneering revolutionary cures. Drawing on her experience fighting for patients, Darcy Olsen goes inside the federal bureaucracy that is stopping millions from accessing these lifesaving treatments, lays out the case for expanding access to experimental medicines, and describes the ongoing national campaign to change these laws state-by-state."--Provided by publisher.
Contents: Introduction: Meet Lazarus : the first man in medical history to survive Lou Gehrig's Disease
Sophie's choice : how the FDA let a mother save one son ... and left her other son to die
Five thousand miles for a cure : how one American family moved overseas to save their dying son
What Steve Jobs saw : how the FDA stops American doctors from using a proven cancer treatment
Making medical miracles : the cutting-edge cancer killers you can't get yet
Inside man : how one biotech CEO came to champion Right to Try
We are the 99 percent : how Right to Try has taken America by storm
Compassionate use : the mythical unicorn
Would you use a fifteen-year-old cell phone? : how to get American medicine back on top
If you have the right to die, you should have the right to try
Where do I start? : a step-by-step guide to seeking an investigational treatment
Afterword : Everyone deserves the right to try : an update on Jean McNary, Ted Harada, and Diego Morris
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: 363.1946 O
Characteristics: viii, 311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780062407528
006240752X
9780062407535
0062407538

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Liberty4All
Jan 24, 2016

Absolutely terrific book.

Compellingly outlines the tyranny and moral hollowness of the nanny state.

In addition, the discussion of the science underlying cutting-edge medical technology is outstanding.

Highly recommend it.

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