Legislation that would enable terminally ill patients to use unproven, investigational drugs will go before the House Tuesday for a vote, according to The Hill.
The “Right to Try” bill, introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., passed in the Senate last August and is being pushed by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. It will allow “eligible” sick patients to request access to treatments not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The House over the last few months had worked to clear some changes to the legislation, including improving patient protection, and a requirement that the FDA be notified when a patient receives an experimental drug through the right to try path.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee also last week defined eligible patients as those with “a stage of a disease or condition in which there is reasonable likelihood that death will occur within a matter of months, or a disease or condition that would result in significant irreversible morbidity that is likely to lead to severely premature death.”
In a statement Sunday, committee chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and the panel’s health subcommittee chairman, Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, said “the bill has been a long time coming, but in striking the right balance for patients and their safety, the House is on track to deliver hopeful news for patients desperately seeking the right to try investigational treatments and therapies.”