- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law giving Michigan patients the chance to try experimental drugs that haven’t gotten final approval for general use from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Snyder said Friday the Right to Try Act lets patients with “extremely difficult” medical situations potentially try alternative treatments that could extend or save their lives.

The law allows drugmakers to give patients with advanced illnesses experimental drugs, biological products and devices that have successfully cleared Phase 1 of an FDA-approved trial. Doctors are shielded from sanctions based solely on recommending treatment with experimental drugs.

The law doesn’t require insurance companies to cover costs related to experimental treatment.

The bills were sponsored by Sen. John Pappageorge of Troy and Rep. Nancy Jenkins of Clayton, both Republicans.

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