House pass­es 'right-to-try' — al­low­ing the ter­mi­nal­ly ill to ask com­pa­nies for ex­per­i­men­tal drugs out­side of FDA's purview

The House on Tues­day af­ter­noon passed a Sen­ate-rat­i­fied ver­sion of a bill, known as “right-to-try,” and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has in­di­cat­ed he will sign it — fur­ther proof that the Koch broth­ers-backed Gold­wa­ter In­sti­tute’s politi­ciza­tion of the US Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) is just be­gin­ning.

Rid­ing on the backs of ter­mi­nal­ly ill pa­tients who have run out of op­tions, Re­pub­li­cans pegged the bill as a last-ditch ef­fort to “try any­thing.” At an ear­li­er hear­ing, Rep. Mor­gan Grif­fith (R-VA) even went so far as to say that he would in­ject mon­key urine in­to him­self if “faced with one of these heart-rend­ing sit­u­a­tions.”

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