Wisconsin Assembly passes 'right to try' bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Terminally ill people in Wisconsin could get access to experimental drugs more quickly under a bill the state Assembly has passed.

The Assembly voted 85-13 for a so-called ``right to try'' bill Tuesday. The proposal would allow certain patients to be prescribed drugs that have yet to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Supporters say too many patients can't get into clinical trials and it takes the FDA too long to approve experimental drugs that could help terminal patients.

The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes the measure, saying it sidesteps a scientifically valid process. 

The bill passed without Democratic amendments that would have ensured the drugs are affordable and patients are notified of side effects. 

The measure goes next to the state Senate.

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