- Apr 14, 2001
No.I'm assuming this has to do with FDA-approved, or at least properly-sanctioned (meaning, approved by an NIH board, medical board, meets various standardized protocols for drug development, meets proper biochemical, medical efficacy, etc) drugs and regimens. Not just that any Joe Sixpack can mix a potion of rootbeer, sorghum extract, and (dilute) methanol and legally administer it to terminally ill patients.
Pharmaceuticals in the United States are regulated by the FDA. When a drug company develops a new compound intended for patient use, the medication goes through three phases of clinical trials that often take years to complete.
The first phase of trials requires a company to prove the drug is relatively safe for humans – that the drug itself will not poison the patient. These phase 1 trials are often conducted on as few as 30 patients.
In later phases, the clinical trials test whether the drug is effective at treating the condition for which it is intended without problematic side effects. It is at this stage that the vast majority of drugs fail to pass approval, because many drugs turn out to be ineffective or to cause severe side effects.
The right to try legislation the Trump administration pushed for would authorize doctors to administer drugs that have cleared the first phase, but which have not yet completed these later human clinical trials.
In other words, NO EFFICACY need to be proven whatsoever.
It means any quack can sell sugar pills as a cancer cure to desperate patients.
Even poison like Latril could be sold if they stage the phase one trial with small enough doses.
Fucking no. This is a con man's dream.
Signed by an anti-vaxxer.
Fuck this shit. You guys have no idea just how bad the alt-med con is here in the states. Go down that rabbit hole. It makes anti-vax look innocent.