The Daily Press The Poteau Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-03-02T11:02:13-05:00 Right to Try expands access to experimental drugs2015-03-02T11:02:13-05:002015-03-02T11:02:13-05:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsThe 43-year-old former manager for FedEx in Atlanta was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, in August 2010, and the average lifespan for someone with the disease is two to five years after diagnosis.Harada was accepted into a clinical trial for ALS patients that involved an experimental medical procedure, and he said it dramatically slowed the disease's progression."I still have ALS. But I'm alive and enjoying my family," Harada said. "Someone who is dying with no other option should be allowed to take that educated, elevated risk. It's not guaranteed, it's just a right to try."Oklahoma is considering legislation akin to laws passed by several other states meant to make it easier for terminally ill patients who may not qualify for a clinical trial to nevertheless get access to the same kinds of experimental drugs and procedures. Known as the "Right to Try Act," the bill is pending on the floor of the Oklahoma House after getting a House committee's unanimous approval.Terminally ill patients who have exhausted conventional treatment options often struggle to obtain potentially lifesaving experimental medications. Only 3 percent of terminally ill patients are currently enrolled in clinical trials like the one Harada was part of, according to the Goldwater Institute, a conservative public policy group pushing for passage of the Oklahoma measure.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allows people to request permission to access investigational medicines, but the process has historically taken hundreds of hours of paperwork and months to complete.Right to Try legislation gives terminally ill patients the option of obtaining medications or devices that have passed the first of multiple phases in an FDA approval process but are not yet on pharmacy shelves. The legislation would expand access to potentially lifesaving medications years before patients would normally be able to access them, according to the bill's supporters."It's a Hail Mary in the end," said Rep. Richard Morrissette, an Oklahoma City Democrat and author of the Oklahoma measure. "It gives us that opportunity to try."The FDA introduced guidelines to help streamline expanded access to investigational drugs because some patients and physicians had expressed concerns that they were too difficult to obtain. But the Goldwater Institute and other critics say the FDA's efforts are too little, too late."It isn't good enough," said Kurt Altman, the group's national policy adviser and general counsel. "That will certainly encourage doctors to do this more often. But the process still takes a while."Morrissette said the FDA's bureaucratic foot-dragging is the reason states are passing their own laws to give patients greater access to experimental treatments. Oklahoma is among 29 states where such legislation has been proposed, according to the Goldwater Institute.The Right to Try movement has its critics, who say it's a feel-good campaign that won't help dying patients. Such laws don't require drugmakers to provide their drugs outside of federal parameters, and these companies would be wary of doing anything to endanger drugs on which they may be spending millions of dollars to bring to market.A federal court ruled in a 2003 lawsuit that terminally ill people don't have a right to access experimental drugs, and the Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal.___Online:Poteau, OKTIM TALLEY, Associated PressOklahoma Right to Try expands access to experimental drugsThe Poteau Daily City Council meets Monday2015-03-02T10:50:47-05:002015-03-02T10:50:47-05:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsAgenda items for the meeting include the following: • Vote to enter executive session pursuant to 25 O.S. Section 307(B)(4) to discuss pending litigation. • Vote to return from executive session. • Consideration/Action regarding pending litigation. • Consideration/Action regarding the confirmation and/or re-adoption of the following ordinances: • Ordinance Number 726 - (Flood Ins) • Ordinance Number 731 - (Youth Access to Tobacco) • Ordinance Number 734 - (Amends 731) • Ordinance Number 732 - De-Annexing Township 8 and 9 (Shady Point Bridge) • Consideration/Action to clarify/amend Ordinance 729 regarding political signs. • Consideration/Action to discuss home businesses.Poteau, OKNo author availablePoteau City Council meets MondayThe Poteau Daily and snow hit LeFlore County; Round 22015-02-28T11:46:29-05:002015-02-28T11:46:29-05:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsPoteau, OKKim RossSleet and snow hit LeFlore County; Round 2The Poteau Daily become slick, accidents in county2015-02-27T18:12:48-05:002015-02-27T18:12:48-05:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsPoteau, OKKim RossRoads become slick, accidents in countyThe Poteau Daily W. Reynolds Community Center events postponed 2015-02-27T18:10:53-05:002015-02-27T18:10:53-05:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsPoteau, OKNo author availableDonald W. Reynolds Community Center events postponed The Poteau Daily weather approaches2015-02-27T13:48:30-05:002015-02-27T13:48:30-05:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsHere is the forecast from the NTW in Tulsa today [Feb. 27 at 12:45 p.m.: This Afternoon A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 29. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.Tonight
A 20 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 21. East wind 5 to 10 mph.Saturday
A chance of snow before 3pm, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 39. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.Saturday Night
A chance of rain and sleet before 9pm, then a chance of rain between 9pm and 3am, then a chance of rain or freezing rain after 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 33. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.Poteau, OKKim RossWinter weather approachesThe Poteau Daily your calender for these weekend events 2015-02-27T09:44:59-05:002015-02-27T09:44:59-05:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsFriday, February 27, 2015Cavanal Chorale Showcase featuring the chorale, soloists and ensembles, 7 p.m., Donald W. Reynolds Community CenterFree screening of the film To Light a Candle, sponsored by Baha'is of LeFlore County, 6:30 p.m., Donald W. Reynolds Community Center. Info: (918) 654-3675Mardi Gras spaghetti dinner sponsored by Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 502 N. BagwellSaturday, February 28, 2015LeFlore County Republican precinct meeting and county convention, 10 a.m., Patrick Lynch Public LibraryFundraiser for 6-year-old cancer patient Emma Mortensen, $5 brisket plate lunch, silent auction, live music, 1-5 p.m., Panama First Assembly of God activity centerPoteau, OKNo author availableMark your calender for these weekend events The Poteau Daily approves Rural Opportunity Zone Bill2015-02-26T11:31:11-05:002015-02-26T11:31:11-05:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsHouse Bill 1747, by state Rep. Tom Newell, sailed out of the House by a 64-11 vote. The bill allows for the creation of 25 Rural Opportunity Zones across the state. For taxable years beginning in 2016, this legislation would allow for a five-year tax exemption for anyone who moves from out-of-state into a county projected to see a population loss between the effective date and 2075 per the 2012 Demographic State of the State Report – Oklahoma State and County Population Projections through 2075.Poteau, OKNo author availableHouse approves Rural Opportunity Zone BillThe Poteau Daily respond to fire at Poteau restaurant2015-02-26T11:24:34-05:002015-02-26T11:24:34-05:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsPoteau, OKKim RossFirefighters respond to fire at Poteau restaurantThe Poteau Daily County Maidens of Mayhem release season schedule 2015-02-25T16:25:25-05:002015-02-25T16:25:25-05:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily News2015 Season ScheduleMarch 21, Benton County DD, HomeApril 12, Makan Blockade, AwayMay 9, Fountain City RD, HomeMay 17, NWA natural Disasters, AwayJune 13, OKC Outlaws, AwayAugust 16, Tulsa Derby League, AwaySeptember 19, Franklin County Fury, HomeSeptember 26, RVRG Roughcuts, AwayOctober 24, Killeen Dream Wolves, HomeNovember 14, Roughneck Roller Derby, AwayNovember 29, Thanksgiving Leftovers Smashup, HomePoteau, OKNo author availableLeFlore County Maidens of Mayhem release season schedule The Poteau Daily