Posts From Jerry Cooper

Senate Approves ‘Right-To-Try’ Drug Bill

Senate Approves ‘Right-To-Try’ Drug Bill (1)

The Senate approved a bill Thursday that would allow seriously ill patients in all 50 states to request access to experimental medicines without Food and Drug Administration approval. Sen. Ron Johnson’s measure, S. 204 (115), would authorize the use of unapproved medicines by patients diagnosed with a life-threatening illness as long as the drugs in question have already gone through preliminary testing on humans and continue to be evaluated in research the FDA oversees. Eligible patients would have to exhaust other treatment options and be unable to participate in ongoing clinical trials.
As Americans’ Life Expectancy Drops, We Need More Medical Innovation

As Americans’ Life Expectancy Drops, We Need More Medical Innovation (0)

Americans’ life expectancy has dropped, but technology and laws to encourage innovation can help. One of the ways that scientists traditionally measure the well-being of a nation is to track the rate at which its citizens die, and how long they can be expected to live. So the news out of the National Center for Health Statistics earlier last month was disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, and that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993.