Terminal Canadian Patients Want “Right To Try” Experimental Treatments

The group Right to Try wants permission for terminal individuals to try drugs still in the development phase.  The group says because most of these individuals would be legally entitled to a doctor-assisted death, they should be permitted to take the risk of an experimental treatment.

The proposed law would apply to individuals with ALS, Parkinson’s disease, certain forms of cancer and other terminal illnesses.  Patients would be required to pay for it and would work with doctors to choose the treatment.

The proposal would protect doctors from lawsuits and prosecution stemming from the treatments, except in cases of gross negligence or willful misconduct.

In the US, 32 states have passed right-to-try laws.

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