House vote nears on GOP bill easing use of unproven drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican bill easing how experimental drugs are provided to people with terminal illnesses headed toward a House vote Tuesday, but opposition by top Democrats and scores of patients' groups left its fate uncertain.

The "Right to Try" legislation, backed by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, gives fresh hope to patients with fatal diseases and erects safeguards to protect them, Republicans said.

Democrats said it would achieve little since the federal Food and Drug Administration already approves 99 percent of the 1,000 requests it receives annually for...


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