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Ron Paul’s Statement on Introducing the Compassionate Freedom of Choice Act

September 28, 2012

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Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the “Compassionate Freedom of Choice Act.” This legislation allows terminally ill patients to use drugs, treatments and devices that have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) if their physicians certify: (i) such patients have no other treatment options; and (Ii) the patient executes written, informed consent that they are aware of any potential risks from the drug, device, or treatment.

Here’s a chance to prove that we can all work together on behalf of terminally ill patients. All that compassion to “let them just die” can be turned to something we can all agree is good.

After all, look now, how the FDA rushed to protect the public from the dangers of Vitamin B6, and protect what demagogues call “the free market”, by which they mean the shackles of a government ban on a substance every body needs for survival:

FDA Looking to Ban B6 Supplements, Give Boost to Big Pharma:

Note the part that says Pyridoxiamine is a natural form of the vitamin:

Human beings cannot live without vitamin B-6. It is also important for the prevention of cancer and the prevention and treatment of seizures, anemia, mental disorders including schizophrenia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other conditions. Its effect on carpal tunnel can seem almost miraculous.

A natural form of the vitamin, Pyridoxamine, was recently yanked off the market by the FDA. Why? Because a pharmaceutical company, BioStratum, wanted sole use of pyridoxamine in a drug, a drug which may or may not ever appear. The company filed a so-called citizens petition and the FDA agreed, notwithstanding protests from ANH-USA, other organizations, and thousands of citizens. You might ask: how can Pharma take a supplement off the market and claim exclusive use of it as a prescription drug? The FDA does not presently feel obligated to answer this question.

So why is it again that we have such a benevolent government that convinces us to deny denying the cancer patients that suffer the worst pain that ever afflicts a person while awaiting death, and deny them new (and old) treatments that might have a chance of helping them if they want it. But then some governments make it easy for them to die right now. That’s “dignity” and some even call it compassion, but they won’t advocate for setting drugs free from the shackles of government, and don’t realize (some probably do) that they are only helping Big Pharma by demanding more central command and control.

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.–Benjamin Franklin