As 2018 begins, the House could send the Right to Try bill [H.R. 878] to the President’s desk.
The bill is a companion to Senate legislation (S. 204) introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin. The Right to Try gives patients with a terminal diagnosis who cannot wait a chance to use partially approved FDA treatments with agreement from a doctor.
The federal version passed the Senate by voice vote in August, before a full House vote the House Energy and Commerce Committee must approve the bill.
Recently, Vice President Mike Pence expressed interest in getting the Right to Try through the House. Politico reports, Pence’s office holds a “priority” to get the bill passed.
Pennsylvania became the 38th state to pass the ‘Right to Try’ bill in Oct. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, a co-sponsor of the House bill, spoke on the House floor in Oct. just before Gov. Tom Wolf signed the bill.
“Each year more Americans receive the devasting news of a terminal diagnosis,” Fitzpatrick said. “Even with the amazing work done in American medical research and development, for too many families, access to these potentially lifesaving treatments will come too late, or not at all.”
The latest action in the House was on March 2 as the House Energy and Commerce Committee referred the bill to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.