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Fight To Live: Pay Attention Now or Later, Wish You Had

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Fight to Live. If you take away anything from this, make it those three words.

Fight to Live is the new Documentary that is desperately trying to get America's attention to tell us that while new, promising drugs are clogged up in the bureaucratic process of approval, hundreds of thousands of people are dying. Not you? Don't be too quick.  If you don't eventually get a life-threatening disease, someone you love will.

We asked Executive Producer, Carla Mann Woods to come by Studio 11 LA to fill us in. It's a big, institutionalized problem but, summed up, the FDA's system for approving potential life-saving drugs is an old, lumbering, ineffective method that inevitably kills. The process of FDA-mandated clinical trials can take 15 years and cost in excess of a billion dollars. And along the way, even after it has been proven a drug is not itself toxic, dying patients are not allowed access to it. The government doesn't want to allow someone to take something that could kill them while that person is on a short road to death. If this sounds like the plot of the currently Oscar-nominated Dallas Buyer's Club, it is!

Woods and her organization: fighttolive.org are not alleging the FDA is intentionally callous. It's just… well, this is the same government that brought you the IRS. Nuff said? She says we need to cut the drug approval process in half (universities and research institutions conducting the trials aren't going to let go of those millions of dollars quietly). We need to revamp the compassionate use exceptions that are rarely invoked. We need to follow House Resolution 2090. Here's one link: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2090#overview

It may sound like I think Woods' organization and documentary have the answers. I don't. But they sure have valid questions and concerns. Hell, they are rightly sounding an alarm. In two days more people die from cancer than were killed in 9-11. This is the government who says Americans have the personal right to smoke cigarettes which are proven to kill but they can't have access to drugs that could cure because they might not work?

Here is my interview with Carla Woods. You can find the documentary A Fight to Live on Netflix, AppleTV, Xbox, iTunes and on-demand from your cable provider.

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