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Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2014 6:30 pm | Updated: 11:52 pm, Sat May 17, 2014.

Colorado, Missouri and Louisiana are poised to become the first states in the nation to give terminally ill patients the right to try experimental drugs without the blessing of the Food and Drug Administration, setting the stage for what could be a lengthy battle over who should decide whether a drug is too risky to try.

Lawmakers in the three states have passed “Right to Try” laws with unanimous votes in recent weeks, after high-profile, social media campaigns in which families of dying patients have pushed for access to unapproved but potentially lifesaving drugs. Colorado’s governor is expected to sign that state’s law Saturday.

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  • Sabine Strohem posted at 9:36 pm on Sun, May 18, 2014.

    Sabine_Strohem Posts: 118

    If I believed the FDA was ONLY motivated by the desire to help folks, I might agree with them here.
    I say: if you're terminally ill, and the proper papers are in order, let them try.

     

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