March 24, 2015

Pence Signs 'Right To Try' Legislation

Gov. Mike Pence signs the "Right to Try" legislation into law. - Gretchen Frazee

Gov. Mike Pence signs the "Right to Try" legislation into law.

Gretchen Frazee

Terminally ill patients in Indiana can now use experimental drugs that have not received final FDA approval. Gov. Mike Pence signed so called "Right to Try" legislation into law Tuesday.

The "Right to Try" law allows terminally ill patients to use medications that have gone through the first of the FDA’s three-step approval process.

It passed unanimously in both the House and Senate before being sent to the governor’s desk.

Surrounded by supporters of the measure, Pence called the legislation a statement about the compassion Hoosiers have for each other.

“I’ve signed this today with a prayer that the right to try will be a pathway toward healing for Hoosiers for generations to come,” he said.

The measure takes effect immediately.

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