Terminal patients support ‘Right To Try’ bill

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SALEM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Diego Morris said he’s alive today because he used experimental drugs to treat his cancer even though they weren’t approved by the FDA.

In 2012, Morris was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. But because the medicine needed to treat it was not approved in the US, he traveled to Europe with his mother to get it.

Now he’s cancer-free and he flew to Oregon to join Rep. Knute Buehler to support the Right To Try bill.

Oregon State Rep. Knute Buehler, Feb. 26, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

Right To Try would give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs not yet approved by the FDA.

“These drugs are potentially life saving,” Buehler told KOIN 6 News.

Many medical officials do not support the bill because these drugs can be costly and there is no “reasonable expectation that the intervention will benefit the patient.”

Buehler and Morris both told KOIN 6 News any chance is better than no chance.

“Really, it comes down to patient choice and having some hope,” Buehler said.

“If you’re in that situation,” Morris said, “you’re going to do anything to try and save your life.”

The bill is still in committee but could be voted on this session.

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