In a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed Right to Try legislation into law.
The law will allow patients with life-threatening conditions to ask drugmakers for medicines that have not yet been FDA-approved but that have at least completed phase 1 testing. The patient must have run out of approved treatment options and must be unable to participate in a clinical trial of the experimental drug in question.
During the ceremony, Trump said he didn’t understand why it had been so hard to pass the measure that would give patients who are out of options the opportunity to try drugs that had not yet been approved. “A lot of that trying is going to be successful. I really believe that,” Trump said.