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‘Right-To-Try’ Advocates Help Pass Laws In 33 States As Movement Gains National Foothold

KHN Morning Briefing

Legislation to allow terminally ill patients access to experimental treatments not approved by the Food and Drug Administration also have momentum in the other 17 states. Today’s other public health stories report developments on a potential sepsis treatment, a devicemaker’s redesigned medical scope, a link between breast implants and a deadly cancer and the latest on the bird flu outbreak.

Number Of Patients Experiencing Drug Side Effects Skyrockets

KHN Morning Briefing

Experts say the surge in reports could indicate a growing number of harmed patients or more vigilant reporting of adverse events. In other public health news: childbirth, chronic diseases, telehealth and a rare version of strep throat.

Right-To-Try Drug Laws Create Chaos, Villainize FDA, Experts Say

KHN Morning Briefing

The popular measures undermine a more thoughtful federal program that balances patients’ need for options, drug companies’ desire to protect their investments, and the government’s duty to evaluate drug safety and effectiveness, they say.