The Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Expanded Access vs. “Right to Try”; Navigating Disparate Pathways for Desperate Patients

Expanded access to investigational drugs and devices has been available for decades through special pathways provided by the FDA. More recently, two federal actions have widened this access. 1. A federal law allowing for the “right to try” these same unapproved products has been enacted by US Lawmakers. 2. The previous rules governing expanded access have been modified to streamline the process to expedite such access. How do they differ? How should regulatory and research professional advise and/or assist patients faced with these choices? This session will provide a current and complete description of the two pathways, their advantages and challenges.


This program is a recorded session from ACRP 2019