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'Right to try' trial drugs bill heads to governor's desk

March 20, 2015

A proposal to give terminally ill patients easier access to experimental drugs not yet on pharmacy shelves has been forwarded to Gov. Mike Pence for his signature.

The Indiana General Assembly gave final approval Thursday to the measure that would give patients access to treatments that have cleared the first phase of the Food and Drug Administration's approval process.

The so-called right-to-try laws already are in place in eight states, including Michigan, Missouri and Arizona. About two dozen other states are considering similar laws this year.

Supporters say it would help shorten patients' wait time for potentially lifesaving drugs since the federal process can take about 10 to 15 years to complete. Patients must be terminally ill with no other comparable treatment option to be eligible.

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