Welcome to the Abigail Alliance Blog

2009 September 7
by Jason Yeh

Thanks for joining us in the fight to provide better access to developmental drugs.  We will be using this blog to discuss the latest in our battles with the FDA as well as highlight the work of others who share our goal of saving lives.

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  1. October 27, 2009

    “There are three parts of the equation in a clinical trial. There’s who has control, who gets the reward, and who takes the risk. Patients take all the risk, they have no control, and they get no reward. Patients ought to be the ones driving the process and get the reward out of it and have the control, since they are the ones that take the risk.”

    Greg Simons

  2. October 29, 2009

    Jim Breitfeller makes an important point that the Abigail Alliance for Better Access to Developmental Drugs also has been making for some time now. Patients need to come first. Let me give some input here.
    1. Last year the Abigail Alliance presented our white paper, Recommendations for Reform of the Advisory Committee Process, to the FDA. We have had some success in improving patient representation on advisory committees and continue to work on this issue. We brought up this concern at our meeting in September with the new FDA Commissioner.
    2. A direct result of the efforts of the Abigail Alliance is the Access, Compassion, Care, and Ethics for Seriously Ill Patients Act (ACCESS Act S.3046 H.R.6270) that we continue to work for passage of in the U.S. Congress. One aspect of the ACCESS Act is that it would jump start the FDA using more modern scientific and statistical tools, thus greatly lessening the need for placeboes in most clinical trials for cancer and other serious life-threatening illnesses.
    3. The Abigail Alliance keeps working to allow patients in clinical trials to cross over to the developmental drug, when they more than likely were getting the investigational drug and not the placebo.
    4. Among other efforts (including the ACCESS Act), the Abigail Alliance continues to work and to make progress in making promising investigational drugs and vaccines available to so many people who have run out of FDA approved options and cannot get into clinical trials.

  3. Pam permalink
    November 8, 2009

    I think the newly updated website is attractive and modern.

    We are looking for help to get my daughter access to trial medication. At 17 she is excluded on grounds of age.

    What can we do?

  4. November 17, 2009

    Dear Pam,
    Let me express my deepest apology for not getting back to you sooner. We had an unfortunate glitch with our new blog, such that I am now just reading your blog commment.
    The Abigail Alliance will do what we can to try and help your daughter. Please send me some information on her illness, her treatment so far, and if she has tried to get into a clinical trial(s).
    Please tell your daughter the Abigail Alliance is thinking of her.
    Thinking of you,
    Frank Burroughs
    President, Abigail Alliance for Better Access to Developmental Drugs

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