ABOUT RIGHT TO TRY

        Over 1 million Americans die from a terminal illness every year. These Americans aren’t just statistics, they’re our friends, loved ones and family members. Many spend years searching for a potential cure, or struggle in vain to get accepted into a clinical trial. Unfortunately, FDA red tape and government regulations restrict access to promising new treatments, and for those who do get access, it’s often too late.

        The FDA drug approval process can take up to 15 years. This is far too long for dying patients to wait. Terminal timelines are measured in months, weeks and days. Not decades. Many potentially life-saving treatments awaiting approval in the U.S. are already available overseas, and have been for years. Sadly, most Americans cannot afford to seek treatment abroad. Many are left without hope.         

        Right to Try legislation, already law in 37 states and under consideration in 13 more, gives terminally ill patients the right to try investigational medicines that have not yet received full FDA approval. Right to Try gives life-saving hope back to those who’ve lost it. To learn more about Right to Try, read our FAQ. Find out if Right to Try is law in your state.

5 Reasons for Right To Try

Right To Try is needed because most terminal patients cannot participate in clinical trials.

Right To Try is needed because most terminal patients cannot participate in clinical trials.

Most people with a terminal illness are too sick to be selected.

Right To Try is needed because dying people don’t have access to promising treatments once clinical trials are over, even if the drug was successful and will be approved.

Right To Try is needed because dying people don’t have access to promising treatments once clinical trials are over, even if the drug was successful and will be approved.

For the lucky few terminal patients who get selected for clinical trials, their luck runs out once the trials are over

 Right To Try is needed because the FDA compassionate use process doesn’t help enough people.

Right To Try is needed because the FDA compassionate use process doesn’t help enough people.

The application process is complicated, time-consuming, and expensive.

Right To Try is needed because it takes too long for promising treatments to be approved.

Right To Try is needed because it takes too long for promising treatments to be approved.

On average, it takes more than ten years for drugs to make it through the clinical trial process and receive approval in the U.S.

Right To Try is needed because you shouldn’t have to ask the federal government for permission to try to save your own life.

Right To Try is needed because you shouldn’t have to ask the federal government for permission to try to save your own life.

There is no more fundamental freedom we have than the freedom to try to save our own life.

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