JUNEAU, Alaska (July 16, 2018) – On Friday, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signed a bill into law that allows terminally ill patients to bypass some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments.
Rep. Jason Grenn (I-Anchorage) introduced House Bill 43 (HB43) last year. The law gives terminally ill patients access to medicines not yet given final approval for use by the FDA.
The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act prohibits general access to experimental drugs. However, under the expanded access provision of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. 360bbb, patients with serious or immediately life-threatening diseases may access experimental drugs after receiving express FDA approval. HB43 creates a process to bypass the FDA expanded access program and allows patients to obtain experimental drugs from manufacturers without first obtaining FDA approval.
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