Legislature Poised To Send Gov. Brown The ‘Right-To-Try’ Drug Bill Again
Brown vetoed the bill last year, but legislators are on the verge of the final approval vote for the second time.
Audio: 'Right-To-Try' Experimental Drug Bill Again Appears Headed To Gov. Brown
A bill that would allow terminally ill people to obtain experimental drugs appears headed to Governor Brown's desk for the second year in a row. Brown vetoed a similar measure last year, but supporters believe conditions are right for him to sign it this time around. Brown said he vetoed last year’s "Right-to-Try" measure because he wanted time to see how changes to the FDA’s "Compassionate Use" program streamlined the process of getting experimental drugs to terminal patients. Nearly a year later, the new bill’s supporters say it's time for California to step in with its own solution, because the modified federal initiative has not reduced the minimum 30-day wait for drugs. (O'Neill, 8/22)