Listen to "Reality Check with Ben Swann" on Spreaker.

House Rejects “Right To Try” Bill

Must Read

Answer to Trump Social Ban and Parler Removal De-centralization?

Answer to Trump Social Ban and Parler Removal Decentralization? - powered by ise.media Is the answer to the permanent ban...

New Impeachment NOT About Riots, About Stopping Trump Run in 2024

New Impeachment NOT About Riots, About Stopping Trump Run in 2024 - powered by ise.media The effort being put forward...

Trump Supporters Who Stormed Capitol Building are Protestors, NOT Terrorists or Insurrectionists

Trump Supporters Who Stormed the Capitol Building are Protestors NOT Terrorists or Insurrectionists - powered by ise.media Media and Politicians...
Jay Syrmopoulos
Jay Syrmopoulos is a geopolitical analyst, freethinker, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs and holds a BA in International Relations. Jay's writing has been featured on both mainstream and independent media - and has been viewed tens of millions of times.

Washington, D.C. – Democrats defeated “Right to Try” legislation in the House on Tuesday that would have allowed people with terminal illnesses greater access to experimental drugs. Although the vote for the measure was 259-140, it fell short of the required two-thirds majority. Republicans nearly unanimously backed the measure while Democrats were opposed by a margin of more than 4-to-1.

The U.S. Senate passed similar legislation in August 2017 which allows for the GOP to revisit the bill under House rules that require only a simple majority for passage. Although Democrats called the bill misleading and risky, House Republicans vowed to continue to fight for passage of the proposed legislation.

“The House will not let this be the end,” said Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

- Newsletter -

House Democrats argued that the legislation would provide little relief for patients. Additionally, they claimed that rolling back FDA oversight would create additional risks. According to the New York Times, an existing Food and Drug Administration program approves patients to try experimental treatments 99 percent of the requests it receives annually.

“The last thing I want to do is give patients false hope and to put them at risk” by reducing the FDA’s powers, said Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce panel.

[RELATED: Oregon Enacts “Right to Try” Law Letting Dying Patients Try Experimental Treatments]

House Republicans resoundingly rejected that argument.

“There is no such thing as false hope. You either have hope or you have no hope,” said Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ).

The Associated Press reports that under the proposed legislation, a doctor and pharmaceutical company would no longer need FDA approval to allow terminally ill patients to try experimental drug treatments, but the agency would be notified after the treatment began. The bill would also widely shield doctors and drug makers from legal liability and require drug manufacturers to report any potential problems – but does not require pharmaceutical companies to supply the drug.

In October, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb told Congress that 70 percent of the experimental drugs his agency currently allows seriously ill patients to use experimentally are never approved.

“The vast majority of people” granted access to unproven treatments “are using a drug that doesn’t work,” he said.

Conversely, that means 30 percent of experimental drugs are eventually approved and do work – which gives a terminally ill patient a better chance than without any experimental treatment.

“If I had a terminal diagnosis, I’d even consider injecting monkey urine if I thought it would give me a few more months, a few more years with my children,” said Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA).

- Advertisement -

Featrued Sponsors

video

Texas Files Lawsuit Asks SCOTUS To Block 4 States From Participating in Electoral College

Texas Files Lawsuit Asks SCOTUS To Block 4 States From Participating in Electoral College - powered by ise.media Check out our sponsor Kim Daly and...

Unstoppable Domains

Uncensorable blockchain domains. Every domain purchase supports Ben Swann and Truth in Media

Holland Center

Holland Center is a day treatment program and medical clinic for children with autism.
- Advertisement -

Latest News

video

Answer to Trump Social Ban and Parler Removal De-centralization?

Answer to Trump Social Ban and Parler Removal Decentralization? - powered by ise.media Is the answer to the permanent ban...
video

New Impeachment NOT About Riots, About Stopping Trump Run in 2024

New Impeachment NOT About Riots, About Stopping Trump Run in 2024 - powered by ise.media The effort being put forward by House Democrats to Impeach...
video

Trump Supporters Who Stormed Capitol Building are Protestors, NOT Terrorists or Insurrectionists

Trump Supporters Who Stormed the Capitol Building are Protestors NOT Terrorists or Insurrectionists - powered by ise.media Media and Politicians have spent the last seven...
video

The Biggest Problem With C0ViD V@ccin3s

The Biggest Problem With C0VlD V@ccin3s is the inability to even question them! The Biggest Problem with Vaccines - powered by ise.media Learn about our new...
video

Gates Says No Normal Until 2022, U.S. Billionaires Increase Wealth by $1 Trillion Since Lockdowns

Bill Gates says no normal until 2022; U.S. Billionaires increase wealth by $1 Trillion since lockdowns began just nine months ago. Gates Says No Normal...
- Advertisement -

More Articles Like This