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'Right to Try' bill allows terminally-ill patients to try unproven drugs

'Right to Try' bill allows terminally-ill patients to try unproven drugs
Posted at 5:21 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 20:22:47-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Trump Wednesday signed a bill that will allow terminally ill patients to try experimental treatments, ABC News reports.

Trump signed the “Right to Try” bill surrounded by families dealing with Lou Gehrig’s disease and other diseases saying he never understood why the issue lagged for years.

Trump said during the event that, "there were no options. But now you have hope — you really have hope.”

The bill cleared the House last week. According to ABC, Republicans said it would help thousands of people searching for hope while Democrats argued the bill was dangerous and gives patients false hope.

At the signing, 8-year-old Jordan McLinn, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, drew laughs from the crowd after putting his elbow on the table and holding up his chin while waiting patiently by the President.

The measure gives people diagnosed with life-threatening diseases who have tried all other treatments the ability to gain access to drugs without the approval of the FDA.