Arizona to let drug companies do what the FDA forbids

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Apr 17, 2017 · 6 min read
The Arizona Legislature unanimously passed and Gov. Doug Ducey signed on March 21 House Bill 2382, which allows drug and medical-device companies to “engage in the truthful promotion” of drugs and devices to medical professionals.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

More freedom sought to promote drugs

State Rep. Phil Lovas, R-Peoria, said he sponsored the bill at the request of the Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix-based conservative think tank that pushed for the legislation, which it calls the Free Speech in Medicine Act. (Photo: David Kadlubowski /The Republic)

Fear of lawsuits

An employee checks sealed packets of Ascophenum-P tablets as they move along the production line at a manufacturing plant in Kursk, Russia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Knocking down regulatory barriers is goal

Goldwater Institute representatives said the bill is intended to knock down regulatory barriers between drug companies and doctors.

‘Right to try’ wins approval

It’s not the first time the Arizona Legislature has approved bills that take aim at the highly regulated medical industry.

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