You don't want blood on your hands. Nobody does.
If someone were to die because of an allowed, yet unproven ALS treatment, that would leave blood on the hands of the FDA. Nobody at the FDA wants that.
IF someone were to die from untreated ALS, that's an act of God, right? No blood ends up on anyone's hands, right?
Wrong! It's on all of our hands.
Not acting doesn't wash our hands of responsibility to try to stop deaths from ALS.
Finding excuses and reasons to delay does not mean our hands are clean.
Regulators, scientists, advocates, physicians, and bloggers share a new permanent stain with every life lost to ALS. Our hands are not cleaned by inaction. You can't wash it off by letting ALS take its course.