The Third Circuit just issued its opinion in Gunvalson v. PTC Therapeutics (link here), the case in which a trial court issued an injunction requiring a drug company, PTC Therapeutics, to provide an experimental drug to a patient outside of the context of a clinical trial. (One of our many earlier posts on

Everybody’s a critic.

We published a post last month analyzing Gunvalson v. PTC Therapeutics (here’s a link), in which a federal judge ordered a company to provide an experimental drug to a dying patient who did not qualify for a clinical trial. We wrote:

“Basically, a drug company would be crazy to open

A little over a year ago we caught considerable flak for our posts about Abigail Alliance for Better Access to Developmental Drugs v. von Eschenbach, 495 F.3d 695 (D.C. Cir. 2007) (en banc), the case that ruled against any constitutional right of patient access to unapproved, experimental, but potentially lifesaving drugs. We said then

We’re thinking about the recent Abigail Alliance case again. As readers of this blog know, the en banc D.C. Circuit held on August 7 that terminally ill patients do not have a constitutional right to take unapproved drugs in the hope of a cure.

We did a short post on that topic, which the Volokh

We’re taking it on the chin in the “comments” over at the Volokh Conspiracy. Jonathan Adler linked to our post yesterday about the Abigail Alliance case, and the scholars are lining up to say that pharmaceutical companies are not “state actors” and so would never be compelled to provide experimental drugs to terminally ill patients.