In Colorado's latest move to circumvent onerous federal laws, the Governor Hickenlooper has signed a bill into law that would allow terminally ill patients to access experimental medicine without getting approval from the FDA, a particularly grueling process especially considering patients may only have days or weeks to live. From Buzzfeed:
“Right To Try” advocates hope to enable patients to circumvent some of the FDA’s red tape and cut the federal government out of the usually cumbersome process of receiving experimental medicine; now, drug companies will be able to surpass clinical trials.
The bill was passed unanimously, following emotional testimony from relatives of sick people who tried to get federal permission for experimental drugs.
Supporters say they will accept any possible risk to the patient if there is a chance it will prolong their life — an amendment to the law prevents healthcare providers and insurers from being held liable for any adverse affects.