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Libertarian Discussion on Health, the FDA and Pharmaceutical Drugs

Dr. Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams interview Dr. Mary Ruwart, a former Libertarian Party candidate and retired medical researcher with degrees in biochemistry and biophysics. They discussed her new book, Death by Regulation: How We Were Robbed of a Golden Age of Health and How We Can Reclaim It, as well as the FDA and the “right to try,” the opioid drug crisis and the non-aggression principle. Dr. Ruwart’s other book, which has been published in several editions already, is Healing Our World: The Compassion of Libertarianism.

Right to Try” laws allow medical patients to take experimental drugs without FDA approval. Most of the laws address terminally ill people, although the laws should apply to all people regardless of what kind of disease or condition. That’s my view on that. And most of the laws require that the drug has passed “Phase I” of testing, although it should be up to the patient and/or doctor to decide on a new drug’s effectiveness or safety, not bureaucrats, in my view. The people who oppose those laws don’t believe that the individual owns one’s own life and therefore one does not have the “authority” to take whatever drugs, supplements, foods, herbs or whatever that the individual oneself believes may be a cure, a preventative measure, or an alleviation of pain or suffering.

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