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FT. COLLINS - In front of a small crowd of about two dozen people at Poudre Valley Hospital, Governor John Hickenlooper made national history by signing the Right to Try Act.

It's a bill that will allow terminally ill patients to participate in clinical trials, use medication and or devices that have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The bill is considered by many the last hope for patients who will soon die.

Governor Hickenlooper says patients and their family must be in partnership with their health care provider if they're interested in using an unapproved drug or device. The family and patient must also fully understand the risk factors.

"House Bill 1281 gives hope to patients who are coping with a terminal illness. It's going to allow individuals and families the ability to participate in clinical trials or use investigational drugs and devices that are still pending approval from the FDA," Hickenlooper said.

Hickenlooper also signed House Bill 1359. The governor says it's a bill that will give patients more information about their prescription drugs and how they will interact with other drugs they're taking.

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