In May of 2018, President Donald Trump signed a new law allowing patients with life-threatening conditions to access experimental medications without obtaining FDA approval.
In our latest podcast, Reason's Zach Weissmueller sits down with Christina Sandefur, executive vice president of the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, which played a key role in getting the law passed in 41 states before it arrived on the president's desk.
For more on the topic, watch Weissmueller's video documentary on subject. In this conversation, he and Sandefur delve deeper into the details of the new Right to Try law, why it matters, how it got it passed, some criticisms of the legislation, and what more needs to be done to bring down prescription drug costs and spur innovation.
Audio production by Ian Keyser.
Libertarian lawyer Christina Sandefur joins the show to share her passion for defending your right to private property. Who benefits when governments protect private property? The super wealthy? Landowners? Corporations? Or all of us? Just how important are property rights? Are they some antiquated concoction that made since when most of us were farmers, or is it possible this often overlooked right holds the key to what it means to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Find out here. Christina is the Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute. She also develops policies and litigates cases advancing healthcare freedom, free enterprise, free speech, right to try, taxpayer rights, and, of course, private property rights. Christina has won important victories for property rights in Arizona and works nationally to promote the Institute's Private Property Rights Protection Act, a state-level reform that requires government to pay owners when regulations destroy property rights and reduce property values. She is also a co-drafter of the 40-state Right to Try initiative, now federal law, which protects terminally ill patients' right to try safe investigational treatments that have been prescribed by their physician but are not yet FDA approved for market. In 2016 Christina co-authored Cornerstone of Liberty: Private Property Rights in 21st Century America along with her husband Timothy. Their book charts the decline of property rights in the United States since the time of the founding to the infamous Kelo Supreme Court decision and where that leaves us today. Christina is a frequent guest on national television shows, radio programs, and podcasts. She has provided expert legal testimony to various legislative committees, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. Her litigation and policy work has been featured in National Review, The Washington Post, Human Events, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, among others. You can learn more about her work at the Goldwater Institute.
Dr. Dan's guest on this program is Christina Sandefur, JD, Executive Vice President of the Goldwater Institute and co-author of the book "Cornerstone of Liberty." The discussion will cover private property rights and the Supreme Court decision in Murr v. Wisconsin. For more information, see post.E73: Christina Sandefur - Murr v. Wisconsin (2 of 3)E73: Christina Sandefur - Murr v. Wisconsin (3 of 3)Dr. Dan's Freedom Forum