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House passes Trump-backed drug bill, letting sick patients bypass FDA

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The House on Tuesday approved a right-to-try drug bill that would allow terminally ill patients nationwide to directly request experimental treatments from drugmakers, a libertarian-inspired effort that captured the personal interest of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump was a prominent supporter of the right-to-try effort, and his State of the Union call for the legislation propelled the once-stalled bill to his desk. The vote Tuesday was the third time the House attempted to pass a right-to-try measure, having failed once to get enough votes to fast-track the bill.

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