When very sick patients have exhausted all treatment options, they can occasionally receive experimental drugs through the “compassionate use” protocol. This hour, we’ll talk about how the program works – and about why it may actually make it more difficult for future patients to receive these drugs – with Helen Ouyang. Her story “Hashtag Prescription” appears in the June issue of Harper’s.
Dr. Denton A. Cooley holds up a Jarvick-7 heart pump model at a press conference on Tuesday, April 20, 1989 in Houston, while discussing the 20 year anniversary of the first implant of an artificial heart in a man. Cooley was the surgeon who performed the operation in 1969. Pam MacDonald/AP Photo
Actors Jim Carrey, center, Jenny McCarthy, right, accompanied by Carrey's daughter Jane, and others, holds up photos of Evan Asher, son of McCarthy, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 4, 2008, during a rally calling for the elimination of toxins from children's vaccines. Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo