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Trump Wants The Terminally Ill To Have Access To Experimental Drugs

While addressing the opioid epidemic, President Trump showed support for "Right to Try" legislation.
Posted at 6:47 PM, Mar 19, 2018

During an opioid policy speech Monday, President Donald Trump supported legislation that would allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs.  

The "Right to Try" legislation makes it easier to pursue treatment options that don't have full Food and Drug Administration approval. Speaking in New Hampshire, Trump told supporters, "We are going to get it approved."

It's not the first time the president has backed the concept. He urged the House to pass current "Right to Try" legislation during his State of the Union address. Last week, the bill failed to make it through the House but could be brought up for a vote again soon. A Senate version of the measure passed last year. 

"Right to Try" advocates say bypassing FDA regulation improves access for patients, while opponents argue removing the agency from the process eliminates patient protections.  

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN