March 25, 2021 | STAT

With time running out, an ALS patient fights with Biogen over expanded access to its drug

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When Biogen declined to allow an ALS patient to participate in a clinical trial under compassionate use, questions arose about whether patients should be allowed to try potentially life-saving drugs without jeopardizing trial results.

“I do worry about a situation where somebody with privilege — they have some type of expertise, their finances or a professional network — or whatever it might be that allows them to gain access when people without those advantages can’t gain access,” said Steven Joffe, MD, PhD, interim chair of Medical Ethics & Health Policy.

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