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by on May 24, 2018
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During his State of the Union address, President Trump urged Congress to pass "Right to Try" for terminally ill patients , and this Tuesday, they did just that. The act, which cleared the Senate nine months ago, passed in the House with 250-169 vote.
In January, Trump said that patients with terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives. He said it was time for lawmakers to give these people the "right to try". The bill was sent to Trump's desk this week in what many saw as a victory for the administration. Trump is expected to sign the legislation.
But what is the right to try?
The "Right to Try" bill allows terminally ill patients to request access to experimental medicines that have passed Phase 1 of the Food and Drug Administration approval process.
It would authorize patients diagnosed with life-ending illnesses to use unapproved medications — so long as they have undergone early testing on humans and are under continual evaluation. Patients also would have to have tried other treatment options.
So far, "Right to Try" laws have been enacted in 40 states, according to righttotry.org. Supporters are now calling for federal legislation.
The website issued the following statement:
"FDA regulations cannot preempt state laws that preserve constitutionally protected rights, such as the fundamental right to life and medical self-preservation," the website explained. "The United States Supreme Court has never addressed Right To Try specifically, but it has held that states have great latitude in regulating health and safety, including medical standards, which are primarily and historically a matter of local concern."
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