August 15, 2007
Re: The Access To Experimental Drugs Case.
Whether deliberately or fortuitously, shortly after posting a piece on the case denying terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs that might save their lives, I received an email on the subject, with an a attached article on the case. I am setting forth below the relevant portions of the email and the article. They poignantly illustrate how depraved the court’s decision is.*
Abigail Burroughs was only nineteen years old when she learned that she had head and neck cancer. Eighteen months of painful chemotherapy and radiation did nothing to stop its growth. Her world-reknowned doctors told Abigail about two new drugs that could save her life. Unfortunately for Abigail, these drugs were still in the final stages of their Food and Drug Administration (FDA) trials and only available to a limited number of patients. Though both drugs were eventually approved, it didn't happen in time to save Abigail. Out of government-approved treatment options, Abigail died at the age of twenty-one.
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