I’m no expert on this subject but I think it’s an important one, it’s a fairly new idea which hopes to cut the red tape and drive innovation in the medical field. Medicine, along with many other branches of science, has been somewhat stagnating since the end of the last century, before that we had a great boom, the space race was a great example of man pushing things to their limits, but there were accidents and casualties along the way and these have made governments, companies and people scared, more and more regulations have been put in place to safeguard people.
Early access to medicines doesn’t want to scrap all these regulations and put people in danger, it wants to encourage innovation and help people who have no other chance, people will be informed of the risks and able to choose whether or not to try a drug that hasn’t been through every possible rigorous trial before being approved, this takes years and some people just don’t have that time. We need to honour the people who have fought and taken risks in the past by being more adventurous ourselves, don’t let fear kill thousands more, push for early access, put pressure on MP’s, make the big drug companies see it’s worth the risk, and help the small companies get their possibly life saving drugs on the market.
Some interviews I’ve done on this subject –
BBC Radio Gloucestershire interview (available for 7 days only).