RI House passes bill on “right to try” experimental drugs

By: Thomas Blacke


 Providence, RI – The Rhode Island House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist-19, Warwick)  that would allow terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Under the McNamara bill, a terminally ill patient may make a request for an experimental drug and a manufacturer of an experimental drug, biological produce or device may make it available, but is not required to do so. The legislation provides protections for all parties (patients and medical professionals) and insurance companies are also protected because there is no requirement for them to cover the cost of any investigational drugs.

The bill passed unanimously.  The bill now heads to the State Senate.

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