‘Right-to-Try’ legislation on way to Governor’s desk

On May 19, the Senate passed the Illinois “Right to Try” Act to help terminally-ill patients.

House Bill 1335 would give terminally-ill patients access to clinical-trial, experimental medical treatments and medications. “Right to Try” offers hope to citizens afflicted with HIV, ALS, cancer or a litany of other serious conditions.

Typically, the federal Food and Drug Administration has a five-year trial period for the testing of medical and pharmaceutical products and procedures, which to some patients could represent a life-threatening delay. This bill removes that bureaucratic hurdle for patients and their families.

Chapin Rose

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