- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers have sent the governor legislation that would give terminally ill patients access to experimental medications that are not yet on pharmacy shelves.

The state Senate on Thursday approved by a 33-0 vote a bill to expand access to potentially life-saving medications years before terminally ill patients would normally be able to access them. Eligible medications have passed the first of multiple phases in an FDA approval process but are not yet publicly available.

Drug manufacturers would not be required to provide the medication, nor would insurance companies be required to offer coverage for it under the bill.

Five other states have similar laws in effect, according to the conservative Goldwater Institute, which has been pushing for “Right to Try” legislation in Arkansas and other states.



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