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April 9, 1982

Oklahoma okays an unproved therapy

JAMA. 1982;247(14):1919-1920. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320390011005

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Oklahoma became the first state in the nation to enact a law permitting the use of "immunoaugmentative therapy" (IAT or IAT blood fractions) for the treatment of cancer and other diseases when Governor George Nigh signed the bill March 2. The Oklahoma House had passed the bill 97 to 0 on Feb 3, and the Senate had passed it 37 to 0 on Feb 25.

The law prohibits any hospital from restricting use of the therapy and bans the state Board of Medical Examiners and the state Board of Osteopathic Examiners from disciplining any physician who prescribes the therapy.

It does provide, however, that IAT can be given only to a patient who signs a "written informed request" form from the State Board of Health. This form states that the therapy has not "been approved as a preventative, treatment, or cure for any malignancy, disease, illness, or physical condition by