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2014 Senate Bill 991: Let terminal patients try non-FDA approved treatments

Public Act 345 of 2014

Introduced by Sen. John Pappageorge R-Troy on June 11, 2014
To establish that a person diagnosed with a terminal illness has a “right to try” experimental drugs or therapies, notwithstanding laws that prohibit treatments not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration, subject to various conditions specified in the bill. The bill would prohibit state employees or officials from interfering, and ban licensing boards from sanctioning health care providers who participate, subject to specified conditions. Insurers would not have to cover these treatments, and drug makers who comply with the specified conditions would be immune from liability if the patient is harmed. The bill was introduced in response to criticism of FDA mandates that drug makers prove new drugs are “safe and effective” are improperly applied in these cases, leading to many preventable deaths. House Bill 5651 proposes the same thing..   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Health Policy Committee on June 11, 2014
Reported in the Senate on August 13, 2014
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the House on August 27, 2014
Referred to the House Health Policy Committee on August 27, 2014
Reported in the House on September 16, 2014
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on October 15, 2014