Colorado Poised To Adopt “Right To Try” Law

DENVER (May 17, 2014) Colorado’s governor Saturday signs a bill into law that will make the state the first in the U.S. to allow terminally ill patients to access experimental medications, even when those medicines are years away from federal approval.

So-called "Right To Try" measures are pending in Louisiana and Missouri and in November Arizona voters will decide whether to set up a similar program.

With no changes coming from Washington, D.C., terminally ill patients who want experimental medications are turning to state capitols.

Colorado's legislation clears the way for drug companies to provide experimental medications to patients outside of clinical trials, but drug makers would not be required to do so, and some critics say the legislation won't lead to greater access.

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