NASHVILLE – (4/2/2015) The Tennessee House of Representatives passed the AFP supported Right to Try Act in a unanimous vote today. This bill allows terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs that have passed the first round of the FDA approval process.
As part of an overall plan to improve healthcare in Tennessee, the Right to Try Act removes barriers to care. This free-market solution provides another option for a terminally ill patient, one that otherwise may not be available to them until it’s too late.
Chairman Jon Lundberg sponsored House Bill 143 in the hopes of helping those facing a terminal diagnosis. Many members rose in support of the bill and thanked him for this innovative approach to improve healthcare in our state.
Andrew Ogles, AFP-TN state director stated: “Today we are one step closer in assisting those in dire need of healthcare options. Though this is a first step in fixing an issue within healthcare, it demonstrates that states can innovate and find solutions without the interference of the federal government.”
Senator Joey Hensley will present the companion bill on the Senate floor next week.