OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill today that is designed to help terminally ill patients receive experimental treatment.
Called the ‘Right to Try’ bill, HB1074 will allow terminally ill patients to try medicines that have passed Phase 1 of the FDA approval process, but are not yet on pharmacy shelves.
“This is a day of hope. But sadly, since we began investigating the clinical trial process in preparation for bringing this legislation, hundreds have lost their chance for hope. Only about 3 percent of patients today are even enrolled in clinical trials. Those that aren’t must have their doctors complete a “compassionate use” application that can take 100 hours of preparation time. Then, the manufacturer of a promising drug must also submit lengthy reports. Only about 1,000 people make it through the process,” said Morrissette, after observing the governor’s signing.