Letter to Congress Opposing Legislation That Would Provide False Hope to Terminally Ill Patients

March 6, 2017

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Public Citizen sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to oppose three bills with various names — S. 204, H.R. 878 and H.R. 1020   —that would most appropriately each be titled the “False Hope Act of 2017.” These bills provide false hope to patients and are related to a nationwide lobbying effort funded by the Goldwater Institute, which has deceptively branded such laws as “Right to Try” legislation. The legislation would put countless patients at risk by dramatically undermining the FDA’s role in ensuring that medical products are safe and effective before they become widely used.