Lawmakers to vote on 'Right to Try' bill

DENVER – A committee of state lawmakers will weigh in Tuesday on a controversial bill that would allow terminally ill patients to take experimental drugs.

The bill, also known as "Right to Try," allows terminally ill patients, with their doctor and a pharmaceutical company's permission, to use the drugs that may not have been fully approved by the FDA.

"This is a bill that gives patients hope and it gives patients a choice," Rep. Joann Ginal (D-Fort Collins) said. "Right now the only choice patients that are terminally ill have is death."

Critics of the bill say they don't know how the state will get around the FDA's authority. They also say the FDA's testing period for drugs was established for a reason, to keep people safe.

Legislatures in Arizona, Missouri and Louisiana are considering similar legislation. The cause was made famous in the 2013 Oscar nominated film, "Dallas Buyers Club."


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