LaMalfa Supports Right to Try for Terminally Ill Patients
Mar 22, 2018
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed the Right to Try Act, which would allow very sick or terminally ill patients to request access to drugs and treatments that have yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
LaMalfa said: “After Democrats delayed an expedited passage of this measure last week, I’m happy the House was finally able to pass it today. For any patient dealing with a serious life-threatening illness, a sliver of hope can go a long way. They deserve the right to utilize every possible tool at their disposal – even if it’s still experimental. The government has no business telling a terminally ill patient they cannot pursue a certain avenue of treatment, and this legislation gives them the right to try. Time is of the essence, and blocking this legislation was irresponsible. I urge the Senate to quickly adopt this bill so that someone, somewhere, in a hospital bed right this very moment, can opt to leave no stone unturned in their hope to find a cure – or pave the way for others to find one.”
Last week, Rep. LaMalfa spoke on the House floor to voice his displeasure that the House was unable to pass the Right to Try Act. [YouTube]
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.