The case of terminally ill patients has always been controversial. However, it has become even more controversial in the recent months since new cases in multiple states have raised their heads. The most controversial point has been to allow assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
The recent progress in the domain of such cases is the passing of a new bill in the state of Indiana. The bill, namely House Bill 1065, will give permission to terminally ill patients to gain access to experimental drugs. This bill was signed by the governor of the state Mike Pence.
Michael P. Ehline, a Los Angeles Attorney from www.ehlinelaw.com confirms that the main portion of the proposal is that such experimental drugs should be allowed for terminally ill patients before FDA has given a complete approval on their use. The bill has received approval from the senate.
This has now allowed patients who have received proper diagnosis and have been stated terminally ill after their diagnosis. These drugs will be given to the patients without FDA clearing them fully for other normal patients.
One important reason for such a bill is that such patients do not have access to other drugs that can provide them any cure in their medical conditions. Either other drugs are not comparable to these experimental drugs in effect or no other such drugs are available that will help patient recover from his condition. Of course, if the patient has a condition that can be diagnosed with an approved drug then this case and bill don’t apply.
Another big reason for passing the bill is the time a drug takes to pass through the FDA approval test. A normal test before a drug is approved for treating patients would take around 10 to 15 years. There are 3 phases that the drug has to pass through before it is claimed a usable drug.
This legislation has been named as “right to try”. The right to try allows the patients, with the assistance of qualified physicians and doctors, to try a drug for the cure of their terminal disease even though it has not been approved in an expectation that the drug might cure the condition.
Similar legislation has been passed in some other states as well such as Arizona, Missouri, Michigan, Louisiana and Colorado.
In addition to “right to try” there is another big debate on “right to die” This particular right allows the patient to commit suicide in the presence and with the assistance of his physician. This particular proposition has also been a hot debate in the country in recent months.
It must be noted here that New Mexico, Washington, Montana and Vermont are states where right to die is implemented and a terminally patient can opt for assisted suicide. In California, there has been a ban on this type of legislation but a recent challenge to the ban gave this subject life in California as well. In a similar fashion, in New York a lawsuit was brought to court claiming that it was legal in New York to opt for assisted suicide.