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'Right to Try Act' inspired by Indianapolis family heads to president's desk

WASHINGTON (WISH) - A bill inspired by a family from Indianapolis is on its way to the president's desk for his signature after its approval Tuesday by the House of Representatives. 

Jordan McLinn, 9, battles a type of muscular dystrophy. His family has been working with U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana, in pushing for the bill. It is named after McLinn and another child with Lou Gehrig's disease.

The "Jordan McLinn and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act" would let terminally ill patients who have exhausted all approved treatment options try other experimental drugs. 

The White House issued a statement Tuesday night about the bill's passage. It said in part that President Donald Trump applauds the measure's approval.

"This legislation increases access to investigational treatments by amending the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to create a new, alternative pathway for patients with life-threatening illnesses," the statement said. "Implementing patient-centered healthcare policies is a priority of this Administration, and we will continue our work to ensure Americans have access to the heatlhcare options they deserve." 


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