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Bill to Make It Easier for the Terminally Ill to Try Unproven Treatments Likely to Pass House

Bill to Make It Easier for the Terminally Ill to Try Unproven Treatments Likely to Pass House
From TIME - March 16, 2018

(WASHINGTON)The House plans to try anew next week to approve a Republican bill making it simpler for fatally ill people to try unproven treatments. And this time, the measure seems certain to pass.

Lawmakers voted for the legislation on Tuesday by a lopsided 259-140 vote. But it lost because GOP leaders had used a procedure, normally reserved for uncontroversial bills, that requires a two-thirds majority for passage. Tuesdays vote fell just short of that.

President Donald Trump backed the legislation and GOP lawmakers lined up behind it nearly unanimously, but Democrats opposed it by more than a 4-1 margin.

Under the measure, the Food and Drug Administration would no longer have to sign off if a doctor and a drug manufacturer agree to let a patient try a pharmaceutical thats not been approved by the federal agency.

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