'Right to Try' movement gets prime-time push

Thursday, February 1, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

doctor writing prescriptionThe so-called "Right to Try" movement got an endorsement this week from none other than Presidential Donald Trump.

Right to Try legislation gives terminally ill patients the right to request investigational medicines that have not yet received full approval from the Federal Drug Administration.

Thirty-eight states have laws allowing this and 12 more are considering Right to Try legislation.

Trump endorsed the movement Tuesday night in his State of the Union address, telling Congress that terminally ill people shouldn't have to go "from country to country" seeking a cure.

"I want to give them a chance right here at home," he said. "It is time for the Congress to give these wonderful, incredible Americans the 'right to try.'"

"We're ecstatic that the president supports the right of Americans to try to save their own lives, without having to beg the federal government for permission," responds Naomi Bauman, director of health care policy at the Goldwater Institute.

Bauman tells OneNewsNow that a Right to Try bill has passed out of the U.S. Senate and is now in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon).  

The legislation would allow a terminally ill patient to try a medicine that has passed phase one of FDA clinical trials, she explains. 

"Terminally ill patients who have exhausted all other options should never be denied the chance to fight for their lives by their own government," Bauman says. "This is a common-sense measure that has already been approved unanimously in the Senate and by 38 states, and the House should act without further delay."

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