Did Indiana Just Become a Medical Tourism Destination?

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On March 24th, Governor Mike Pence signed into law the ‘Right To Try’ Legislation. Here is snapshot of what the law entails from WFYI:

    Terminally ill patients in Indiana can now use experimental drugs that have not received final FDA approval. Gov. Mike Pence signed so called “Right to Try” legislation into law Tuesday.

    The “Right to Try” law allows terminally ill patients to use medications that have gone through the first of the FDA’s three-step approval process.

HotAir.com picked up on the story and threw out some concerns of the FDA possibly stepping in and complicating the legislation:

    Indiana’s legislature and Governor Mike Pence have tried to bridge the gap by passing a “Right to Try” law that allows patients to make the choice on experimental medication, and which protects manufacturers from liability if the results go poorly. The question raises ethical questions about where the line between mercy and human experimentation may be crossed, but CBS’ Chicago affiliate raises the question about whether this crosses a bureaucratic line with the FDA first.

I am strongly in favor of this legislation and hope Indiana tells the FDA to back off. If I’m terminally ill I should be able to have the decision in choosing treatment that is experimental. I support the legislation shielding drug companies from liability as well. In the field of medicine this can be beneficial in helping drug developers in researching the drugs to better the product down the road if it doesn’t workout in testing on people.

Lets hope this is the step in the right direction of medicine opening up to more freedom for patients and those who want to help them.

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4 Comments

  1. This is a compassionate law, but Indiana also just made itself a pariah with the new RFRA law. Since that law discriminates against more people than this Right to Try law helps, Indiana will on balance remain a place to avoid going to or doing business with.

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    1. There is no evidence of any mass exodus of people or capital out of the state of Indiana. In fact in the investment world Indiana is seen more stable than California or New York state when it comes to debt.

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      1. The effect of tarnishing a brand takes a bit of time to kick in, and it may have no effect on overall debt ratings. Where it hurts is people and business considering opening or relocating, not so much on the ones already there. Bad law impedes growth.

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      2. “Bad laws impede growth” – Like Obamacare, EPA regulations, progressive income taxes. I could go on.
        I will watch for indicators but this RFRA drama is manufactured. Won’t even be talked about a month from now.

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