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Abigail Alliance Looks For Paths Forward After Court Blocks Drug Access Suit

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After losing at the appeals court in its bid to overturn FDA's regulations on access to experimental therapies, the Abigail Alliance is considering several legal options. The group is preparing to ask the Supreme Court to consider the case, but if that bid fails, alternatives include congressional action and bringing another case in a different jurisdiction

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