Wyoming Lawmaker Proposes ‘Right-to-Try’ Bill

By Associated Press – 4 Nov ’14

Some Wyoming lawmakers are proposing legislation that would give terminally ill patients the right to receive drugs or undergo procedures that have not received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Right To Try Act is sponsored by Republican Sen. Bruce Burns of Sheridan.

Burns tells the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that people shouldn’t have to die when there is potentially life-saving treatment available.

Supporters argue the drugs are safe enough to conduct clinical trials and may be the only option for someone with an otherwise terminal illness. Others point out that a 2009 FDA program allows expanded access to experimental drugs and state laws likely won’t make any meaningful improvements.

Similar laws have been passed in five states including Colorado and Arizona.