DENVER – Colorado is now the first state to give terminally ill patients better access potentially life-saving drugs.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the “Right to Try” bill over the weekend.
This bill now allows those with life-threatening illnesses access to trial drugs before they are cleared by the Food and Drug Administration.
According to KDVR, it currently takes about a decade and $1 billion to get life-savings drugs and treatments to the market.
About 500,000 people die every year from cancer and other illnesses.
Those patients don’t have time to wait.
The “Right to Try” bill requires patients to be supervised by their doctors and applies only to drugs that have already been deemed safe by the FDA.