Trump Urges Congress to Pass Experimental Drug Bill

Trump Urges Congress to Pass Experimental Drug Bill
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President Trump is calling on Congress to pass a bill aimed at allowing terminally ill patients to request access to experimental drugs the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn't yet approved.

“We also believe that patients with terminal conditions, terminal illness, should have access to experimental treatment immediately that could potentially save their lives,” Trump said in his State of the Union address Tuesday.

“People who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure. I want to give them a chance right here at home,” he continued. “It's time for Congress to give these wonderful, incredible Americans the ‘right to try.'”

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