FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 30, 2016
Life-Saving “Right to Try” Bill Moves out of Health & Social Services Committee
JUNEAU – In April of 2015, Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) introduced Senate Bill 113, also known as the “Right to Try.” SB 113 would allow terminally ill patients who have exhausted all available treatments and do not qualify for clinical trials to gain faster access to safe, but experimental drugs in an effort to save their own lives.
More than 1 million Americans die from a terminal illness every year. Many spend years searching for a potential cure, or struggling in vain to get accepted into a clinical trial. Unfortunately, FDA red tape and government regulations can often restrict access to promising new treatments, and sometimes for those who do get access, it’s too late.
SB 113 received its second bill hearing in the Senate Health and Social Services Committee today, and was passed to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I am hopeful this solid non-partisan legislation will continue moving forward,” said Sen. Wielechowski. “Every individual has a right to make these critical health decisions for themselves. Government red tape shouldn’t determine whether a patient lives or dies.”
Similar legislation has now passed in 25 states with strong, often unanimous, bi-partisan support.
For more information contact Brooke Ivy in Senator Wielechowski’s office at (907) 465-2435.