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Walker: "Every Man, Woman and Child Deserves the Right to Try"

May 22, 2018
Press Release
The House passes Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act to allow patients to gain access to experimental treatments if they have been diagnosed with a life threatening disease or condition and have exhausted approved treatment options. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after the House passed S. 204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017:

“The government should not be able to prevent a terminally ill individual from seeking a potentially life-saving cure. President Trump requested this House-originated legislation in his State of the Union Address and now we are proud to send it to his desk for his signature. Every man, woman and child deserves the right to try."

This legislation would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to exempt the provision of certain unapproved, investigational drugs to a terminally ill patient who has exhausted approved treatment options and is unable to participate in a clinical trial involving the drugs. The House sent this legislation to the Senate following a March 21, 2018 vote.

According to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce "the Right to Try movement has swept across the nation, with 39 states passing laws that take a variety of approaches to help vulnerable patients."

You can read the full text of the legislation here.

 

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