House Approves ‘Right-to-Try’ Bill Giving Seriously Ill Patients Access To Experimental Drugs


The House approved “right-to-try” legislation on Wednesday that would bypass drug regulators and give critically ill patients access to experimental treatments, a victory for Republicans after the same bill got sidetracked last week.

Debate over the bill, which passed the House 267 to 149, pitted Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence against Democrats, patient groups and four former commissioners of the Food and Drug Administration.

Supporters described the measure as a compassionate effort to provide access to treatments that could extend the lives of the terminally ill. Opponents argued the bill would allow bad actors to exploit vulnerable patients using treatments with largely unknown effectiveness and side effects.

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · Elise Viebeck



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