Trump signs bill for terminal patients to try unproven drugs

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed legislation that would help people with deadly diseases try experimental treatments.

President Donald Trump and Jordan McLinn, a Duchenne muscular dystrophy patient

Trump signed the Right to Try bill on Wednesday. He called it a "fundamental freedom" that will provide hope and save lives.

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana was one of the co-authors of the bipartisan bill.

"This will give folks the chance, in many cases, to try medications that have not gone all the way through the FDA process, but a good portion of the way through," Donnelly recently explained on 16 Morning News. "For those in terminal conditions and life-threatening conditions, this is their only chance."

The bill cleared the House last week following an emotional debate in which Republicans said it would help thousands of people in search of hope. Many Democrats said the measure was dangerous and would give patients false hope.

Trump embraced the plan during his State of the Union address, saying people who are terminally ill shouldn't have to leave the country to seek cures.

The measure gives people diagnosed with life-threatening conditions who have exhausted treatment options access to unproven drugs without needing permission from the Food and Drug Administration.