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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:43 am 
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https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/30/trump-s ... cines.html

So, a lifeline for the dying, or a get out of jail free card for Big Pharma?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:00 am 
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So my employer sells equipment to Big Pharma as well as Little Pharma and the product line I'm personally involved with is targeted towards, among other markets, gene therapy. As a result I keep abreast of these goings on. My feelings are extremely mixed. On one hand, safe and effective is a pretty solid standard to hold drugs to. On the other, getting over that line is a brutal affair indeed for everyone, most especially patients. What ultimately worries me is how informed the informed consent is going to be if the drug offered to the desperate and dying hasn't been tested. Also, I have scientific concerns. Since Derek Lowe's a better writer than me I'll link to his take.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:14 am 
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From what I read, it's option 3, unnecessary. The FDA already has a system in place to approve the use of experimental medicine to terminally ill patients. Again, from what I read, it's working just fine.

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