Washington University Journal of Law & Policy
This note analyzes the regulation of experimental drugs by the FDA within the context of “right-to-try” laws. Hogan explores the FDA’s drug approval process, highlighting the specific options for terminally ill patients to fast-track their access to potentially life-saving drugs. Hogan then turns to state “right-to-try” laws, addressing them in relation to federal preemption, pharmaceutical companies, and actual assistance to terminally ill patients. Hogan recommends a relaxation of the FDA’s drug approval process, specifically streamlining the “expanded access” program to give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs.
“Right to Try” Legislation and Its Implications for the FDA Drug Approval Process,
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