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house Bill H.R. 5247

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.

Deanne's Opinion
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03/14/2018
If I’m going to die I reserve the right to a Hail Mary
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03/13/2018
Please also legalize cannabis so we can use it to prevent disease. Or your less corrupt replacements can do next year.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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03/13/2018
By all means....YES. “Go For Broke”. If there is an even a remotely opportunity, that an experimental procedure or product which could extend a patients life, then let them go for it. It’s better than just sitting, waiting to pass away, without taking a chance to survive a bit longer. I’m not yet, an advocate of the assisted suicide, option. 3*23*28
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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. It gives patients false hope.

Kyler's Opinion
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03/13/2018
Despite the want to help provide relief to someone hopelessly sick and dying, bypassing the necessary regulations and testing procedures for drugs could lead to further complications, sufferings, and pain for someone who is already in significant pain and facing certain death. I fear we’d just be using the desperation of the terminally ill patients want to find something, anything, to cure them and keep them alive, only to use them as human guinea pigs for the drugs that have yet to go through the proper tests and checks.
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Janie's Opinion
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03/14/2018
Alternatives like cannabis will be discouraged in the name of pharmaceutical business and the right to euthanasia.
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Jeremy's Opinion
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03/22/2018
Pharmaceutical companies will sell insanely expensive snake oil to vunetae desperate patients
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed March 22nd, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 267 Yea / 149 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedMarch 13th, 2018

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    If I’m going to die I reserve the right to a Hail Mary
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    Despite the want to help provide relief to someone hopelessly sick and dying, bypassing the necessary regulations and testing procedures for drugs could lead to further complications, sufferings, and pain for someone who is already in significant pain and facing certain death. I fear we’d just be using the desperation of the terminally ill patients want to find something, anything, to cure them and keep them alive, only to use them as human guinea pigs for the drugs that have yet to go through the proper tests and checks.
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    Please also legalize cannabis so we can use it to prevent disease. Or your less corrupt replacements can do next year.
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    By all means....YES. “Go For Broke”. If there is an even a remotely opportunity, that an experimental procedure or product which could extend a patients life, then let them go for it. It’s better than just sitting, waiting to pass away, without taking a chance to survive a bit longer. I’m not yet, an advocate of the assisted suicide, option. 3*23*28
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    Yes, if they choose to. Terminally ill patients also have the right to assisted suicide, if they choose.
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    Who in the world thinks they can EVER have the right to tell a sick person what they should do for THEMSELVES? It’s just a bizarre thing to assume.
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    Thank you Greg Gianforte. As a cancer survivor, if having exhausted all options, I would like the right to try one last option, FDA approved or not. As it stands, FDA approved drugs kill or maim, thousands each year. And if the experimental drug didn’t work, and I died anyway? Well maybe it would help future patients from what was learned. This is truly a pro-choice issue; one that actually might allow someone to live.
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    Unless you have a higher claim of ownership on the body of a terminally ill patient than the patient himself has, you have no business telling them there are treatments they aren't allowed to seek and try. Let me clear that up for you: you don't have a higher claim. It is unjust to vote no on this bill.
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    And "small government" GOP rejected it. Surprise.
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    Better a long shot than certain death.
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    *Today, 3/21/2018 a 267/149 vote passed this bill through the house. The People have gotten an opportunity to hope in the face of hopelessness.* It’s heartbreaking that Congress would not do this for US. This should be the choice of the individual suffering with life altering/life ending disease...if you had sat with a loved one being engulfed by disease and pain, you would say yes because hope is an awesome gift.
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    When will government recognize that they have no business being involved in an individual’s decision-making regarding their personal health care?
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    People should be allowed to own their own bodies; they should not be treated as property of the state. If they are informed of the potential risks and benefits involved in an experimental treatment, they should absolutely have the right to try it.
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    Of course they should.
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    I am not getting any younger, however; if there was something on the shelf that could assist me, I am all for it. What I can’t understand is why the HOUSE rejected this!
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    We have a right to control our own bodies. Just as we can choose to prevent or terminate a pregnancy, we can choose to risk what time remains in the shortened lifespan to try to lengthen quality-of-life and lifespan. Please support the right to try as a human right.
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    Alternatives like cannabis will be discouraged in the name of pharmaceutical business and the right to euthanasia.
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    If one is terminally ill, I believe (s)he has every right to try any treatment, including experimental.
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    Absolutely. When did the government obtain a right to say these people cannot try everything in their power to preserve their own life? What gives the right to the government to say that a doctor may not do everything in their power to help save a life?
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    Absolutely. Under our Constitution, the Federal Government has no power to regulate anything. This is a power usurped from the States after Lincoln & the Civil War. Americans have the Freedom to be Responsible Adults with the God-given Right to pursue "LIFE, Liberty and Happiness!"
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