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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    What Rights Do We Have? Comment
    Gregory Morris, 8/7/07 11:55:41 am
    I agree with Sebastian on this one. It seems to me, if I remember correctly, we have rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution. In fact the 9th Amendment specifically says that, and the 10th implies it.

    Because we conclude that there is no fundamental right “deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition” of access to experimental drugs for the terminally ill ... we affirm the judgment of the district court.
    (from Volokh)

    I'm sorry, that's bullshit. There is no requirement for a "right" that specific to be deeply rooted in the nation's history/tradition. Do I have the right to blow my nose? Is that deeply rooted enough? Do I have the right to take aspirin for a headache?

    It is the right of a pharmaceutical company not to give experimental drugs to a patient. It is the right of an insurance company not to cover an experimental drug. It is not, however, constitutional for the the FDA to require approval. I'm over-ruling the court's decision here.

    I'm OK with the FDA granting approval to new drugs as a booster for consumer confidence. I also support requiring openness and honesty from the manufacturers of drugs. But I'm really tired of bureaucracy getting in the way of progress, and more importantly, getting in the way of consumer freedom.

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