NC bill seeks help for very sick patients with trial drugs

NC bill seeks help for very sick patients with trial drugs (Image 1)

People diagnosed with life-ending illnesses could have improved opportunity to use experimental drugs or devices to prolong or reverse their ailment in legislation clearing the North Carolina House.

The House voted unanimously Tuesday for the measure which sponsor Rep. Hugh Blackwell of Morganton told colleagues would give terminally-ill patients “some final hope” when they are out of medical options.

The patient’s treating physician would have to recommend a treatment that’s already completed the first phase of clinical trials and attest treatments already approved by federal regulators are unlikely to work. The drug manufacturer isn’t required to make any treatment available.

The patient would be liable for expenses related to the drug or device and couldn’t sue for damages for any harm from the treatment if the manufacturer acted reasonably.

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