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Congress Gives Dying Patients Easier Access to Unproven Drugs

Anna Edney
Congress Gives Dying Patients Easier Access to Unproven Drugs

Terminally ill patients would get access to experimental drugs even without the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s permission under a measure approved by Congress that’s strongly backed by President Donald Trump. After fits and starts over the past several months, the House on Tuesday passed by a 250-169 vote a version of the bill deemed “right to try” that the Senate unanimously approved in August. Under the bill, patients with life-threatening diseases who have exhausted approved treatment options and don’t meet the criteria to participate in a clinical trial would be allowed to take an unproven medicine without the FDA’s say-so.