AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas may soon make it easier for terminally ill patients to get access to experimental drugs that could save or extend their lives. The “Right to Try” legislation would allow patients who have exhausted all other treatment options access to drugs with preliminary FDA approval.
The Texas Senate unanimously approved the bill on Friday. The bill will now head to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk after House members approve a slightly modified version.
The legislation was inspired by Austin attorney Andrea Sloan who fought ovarian cancer and waged a public battle for an experimental drug in the months before her death in January 2014.