Heartland Institute Gets ‘Right to Try’ for Drugs in Trump’s State of the Union Address

Published January 30, 2018

The following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address is by Heartland Institute President and CEO Dr. Tim Huelskamp, former U.S. Congressman from Kansas (2011-2017).

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“The Heartland Institute has been advising many in the administration on climate and energy policy, so we were certainly encouraged and excited the president promoted his pro-energy, pro-America visions in his State of the Union Address.

“The White House reached out to The Heartland Institute a few weeks ago and asked if we had other suggestions for President Trump’s State of the Union Address. We urged President Trump to address something outside the partisan box: giving millions the ‘Right to Try’ life-saving, life-enhancing drugs they are denied by the antiquated drug approval process at the Food & Drug Administration.

“So we were delighted to hear President Trump nail that issue right on the nose and put it in moral terms. Americans have a ‘Right to Try’ drugs that are safe and have a chance to cure them of crippling and fatal diseases. The Heartland Institute stands ready to help President Trump, Vice President Pence, Congress, and our allies to enact legislation that creates an America where we are Free to Choose Medicine.”