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Congress Passes Bill That Gives Terminally Ill Patients Access To Marijuana

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Congress Passes Bill That Gives Terminally Ill Patients Access To Marijuana

It would also grant them access to experimental drugs that haven't yet been approved by the FDA.



In a move that solidified the actions of the Senate, the US House of Representatives approved a bill this week that would allow terminally ill patients to have access to experimental drugs not yet branded with FDA approval. The proposal, known as the “Right to Try Act,” is now on its way over to President Trump for a signature. He is expected to sign the bill without issue.


“We also believe that patients with terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives,” Trump said earlier this year during his 2018 State of the Union address. “It is time for the Congress to give these wonderful Americans the ‘right to try.’ ”


Although 40 states have right-to-try laws on the books, a change in federal code would allow terminally ill patients in states without those laws easier access to experimental medications. There would be no application process, nor would patients need to register on some pesky database. They would simply work with their doctor and a pharmaceutical company to obtain the drug. But there are some stipulations. The drug must be “investigational” and have cleared at least Phase 1 of clinical trials.....








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