Uncommon Sense

February 16, 2018

The “Right-to-Try” Scam

There seems to be a movement to disrupt or remove “regulations” on pharmaceuticals. I mean why should those poor companies have to jump through all of those hoops to get a drug to market? This is called the “right-to-try” movement. Even President Trump has heard of it (ergo Fox (sic) News reported on it).

So, would people who are in need of some medical help be given the right to try unproven pharmaceuticals? This has been on option for richer citizens for quite some time. At the peak of the AIDS epidemic, people who could afford the effort were heading for Asia and Mexico to try all kinds of “therapies” to save their lives. I am unaware if any of these proved a source of drugs that ended up actually helping people so afflicted.

Or, is this just a cynical scam of “let’s try out drugs on desperate poor people?”

I’ll guess I’ll believe it when these assholes suggesting this shortcut to the clinical trials needed to verify a drug’s effectiveness line up to test out those drugs themselves. I suggest that what they see in this future is unproven pharmaceuticals are “tried” and then anecdotal evidence of cures is available (or fabricated) and sales soar through the roof. When problems occur (ineffectiveness, horrific side effects, deaths, etc.), the companies can pleas “How could we have known? They had a “right-to-try” and exercised it. We thought it would work. It is sad; our thoughts an prayers go out to the afflicted.” Typical of plutocrats it is: heads I win, tails you lose.


(Try a key word search for thalidomide.)




  1. Here’s an example. Last week I heard a rabbis shot (it’s 3 shots in total) is charged by insurance companies in the US at as much as $10,000. Ten-thousand dollars. The same shot in Brazil costs $250. I had to have the shot a few years ago (long story), and it cost me $0.00 at a public clinic.

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    Comment by john zande — February 16, 2018 @ 11:36 am | Reply

    • Phamaceutically it is open season on rich gringos. My asthma inhalers are bought overseas … from the patent holders(!) … for one sixth of what is charged in pharmacies here.

      The same assholes getting rich off of these prices are the ones who glorify competition, just not in their industry.

      On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 11:36 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 16, 2018 @ 11:41 am | Reply

  2. BRAVO!!! Excellent post sir! I have one inhaler for my emphysema that when my part D hit that sweet (it is NOT sweet by any means) donut hole last year cost me over $135 US. Well, the wife and I never were big on xmas gifts for each other. At our age, there isn’t much we want, a nice quiet day and some good home cooked food is fine with us. Yep, simple working class people, happy to know her kids, grand kids, and great grand kids are well and happy.
    And now, broken record time, it all comes back to greed for that dollar. Screw the poor sod who may feel a need for said medicine, profits are what make the world go round, don’t ya know.
    Of course the lawyers get in on this act also. Name a prescription medicine and I bet there is some TV commercial from a law firm suing because of nasty side effects, real or imaginary.
    Oh, one extra comment. Thalidomide made a mini come back some years ago, since W. Shrub was POTUS if memory serves me. It is NOT ever to be used by a woman who may get pregnant though. I think it may have been used to treat some type of cancer. I suppose now I need to look this up ?

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — February 16, 2018 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  3. OK, I was sort of correct. Thalidomide WAS studied in a Phase II (2) trial for Kaposi’s sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer usually seen in the immunocompromised.
    Thalidomide was tested for Crohn’s disease, but there was NO conclusive evidence that it nor lenalidomide are useful in bringing about or maintaining remission of Crohn’s disease.
    I also self correct here, these studies, according to the notes at Wikipedia are from 2009 up to 2013. W. Shrub was gone from office by 2009. The studies may have begun while he held the office of POTUS, as the dates listed must be when the studies were published. Or am I wrong on that also?

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — February 16, 2018 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

    • Such studies often take years, so they may have been authorized under W, but I doubt he was even aware of what was happening, let alone that “he” authorized it. Mr. Trump is proving you do not need to have as many brain cells as a salamander and can still be president … and we still say “Trump did this” or “Trump did that.” I don’t think the man could take a dump without a toilet paper caddy.

      On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 3:55 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 16, 2018 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

      • I didn’t mean to imply that W. had anything to do with the trials of the drug. I just tend to use ho was POTUS as a marker. I would imagine he had zero knowledge that the trial use of this drug was even being done. I also doubt he had anything to do with any authorization of the trials. Heck, they may even have started the trials when Billy Bob Bubba was still POTUS. I just remember hearing of the try out for thalidomide around the time W. was in office.


        Comment by Walter Kronkat — February 17, 2018 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

        • Got it!

          On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 12:18 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:



          Comment by Steve Ruis — February 18, 2018 @ 11:39 am | Reply

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