Utah Legislature Passes Law Allowing Doctors to Treat COVID-19 Patients with Off-Label Drugs

Utah Legislature Passes Law Allowing Doctors to Treat COVID-19 Patients with Off-Label Drugs

Utah’s Legislature passed a bill on Friday granting legal immunity to doctors prescribing off-label and experimental medications to COVID-19 patients. Called the “Right to Try” measure, its authors seek to empower doctors to confidently treat patients without fear of reprisal unless gross negligence or intentional or malicious misconduct is proven. These protections apply during a public health crisis such as the current pandemic. Only one lawmaker voted against passing the bill to the House with a concern that substandard care in nursing homes could be shielded from accountability. 

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As reported by KUER, House Minority Leader Brian King fretted about the bill’s “one-size-fits-all immunity.” Now doctors in Utah treating infected COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine, for example, have legislative backing.

Senate Bill 3002, sponsored by Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, states that a healthcare provider would be “immune from civil liability for any harm resulting from any act or omission in the course of providing health care during a declared major public health emergency” if the health care was provided in good faith or “the act or omission was the direct ...

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