law allows individual patients to apply for access to experimental treatments
outside of a drug trial if they have a serious or life-threatening disease or
condition; have no other treatment options left; and can persuade a qualified
physician to deliver the treatment. Under these circumstances, the FDA may, at
the agency’s discretion, grant “compassionate use” of the new medication. But
the program is marred by a prohibitively cumbersome application and
documentation process, and the agency refuses access rather arbitrarily. It can
even revoke permission after it has been granted.
Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) has recently reintroduced his
Compassionate Freedom of Choice Act (HR 790). The bill eliminates the need for
the FDA’s approval or even involvement, and streamlines physician and patient
access to experimental drugs. It would ensure that dying patients and their
families—who don’t have the time or the strength to do so—won’t have to wage
fruitless bureaucratic wars.
Urge your congressional representative to co-sponsor Rep.
Griffith’s Compassionate Freedom of Choice Act!
Please personalize and add your own comments if you have time!
Please Co-sponsor HR 790, the Compassionate Freedom of Choice Act!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]