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CO Passes First Ever Right-To-Try Law
With Governor John Hickenlooper's autograph, Colorado is now the first state to allow terminally ill patients access to medication that is not approved by the FDA.
“They did blood work, and when he got the results called me and said, you better get into Poudre Valley Hospital right now. You got something really bad.”
A former engineer, Ron Patterson still calls himself a numbers guy.
But he never imagined he could become one of the 500,000 people who die each year of cancer.
“From here on out the only alternative is chemo.”
But Governor John Hickenlooper's signature will provide Patterson with more options, as he signs the nation's first “Right To Try” bill into law.
“Patients should be able to try a treatment even though it hasn't been approved, if it's an attempt to save their life if they're in a terminal situation.”
Right now there are over 20,000 safe medications making their way through the FDA approval process, but only three percent of the sickest patients are eligible for clinical trials.
“It will definitely give people a sense of hope.”
Grace Taylor with Poudre Valley Hospital says the law could open new doors for terminally ill patients.
“It is frustrating at times there is regulation that we do have to go through with reason, so hopefully this new bill will help navigate that path a little bit more cleaner, and a little bit more proactively now going forward.”
Because at this point Patterson says he has nothing more to lose to gain a fighting chance.
“It just gives me another tool in the war chest to try.”