Terminally Ill Patients in Texas Now Have the “Right to Try”

Houston Medical Times July 2015

Mark S. Armstrong, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Houston office, authored an article in the Houston Medical Times titled "Terminally Ill Patients in Texas Now Have the 'Right to Try.'"

Following is an excerpt (see below to download the full article in PDF format):

On June 16, 2015, Governor Abbott signed into law H.B. 21, known as the “Right to Try Act” and the law became immediately effective, thereby allowing patients with terminal illnesses the right to use potentially life-saving investigational drugs, biological products, and devices. With the passage of this new law, Texas joins 21 other states that have passed similar “right-to-try” legislation. Although the new law is intended to give terminally ill patients access to experimental and potentially life-saving treatments, the Right to Try Act conflicts with federal FDA laws and questions remain regarding the actual impact of the new law.