The Right to Try- Florida’s New Law that you Should Know

Florida’s New “Right to Try Act” has Major Implications in your Medical Care.

Starting July 1st, there are 130 new laws on the books in Florida. Some of the laws to make headlines include, the state will no longer collect sales tax on gun club memberships, people with 64-ounce beer containers known as “growlers” can get them filled at breweries, and governments in Florida will have to buy American-made U.S. flags. (Can you believe that the making of American flags is regularly outsourced?)

One of the new laws that has not enjoyed as much press is Florida’s new “Right to Try Act.” This new law has important ramifications for your health care options. Currently, there are many drugs which are in some stage of FDA testing, but not yet released to the general public. Prior to July 1st, Floridians could not receive experimental treatments. Since the passage of the “Right to Try Act,” sick Floridians can now opt in to receive experimental treatments that have passed phase 1 of trials. These drugs are not fully FDA approved.

Since these drugs and treatments are not FDA approved yet, the law naturally provide liability protection to doctors and drug manufactures.

As always, you should consult with your physician concerning any medical treatment.

Concerning medical treatment, make sure you are getting the treatment you deserve. In America, medical malpractice deaths are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. While our medical industry is filled with talented professionals who are, for the most part, good at their jobs, that doesn’t mean mistakes don’t happen. Approximately a quarter million people die from medical error each year as reported by the Washington Post.

If you are in need of medical care, make sure you know your options—especially concerning Florida’s new law. Should you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice or inadequate care, please contact our offices for a free consultation.