During my tenure as your state representative, I have strived to prioritize the needs of those who struggle a little more than the average person to make their voice heard. The needs of our most vulnerable populations deserve attention amongst the hustle and bustle of the everyday, regardless of their specific needs.

This priority becomes especially important when we consider Ohioans who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and their families. When faced with such a difficult circumstance, a person’s needs understandably change. During the 131st General Assembly, the state legislature approved legislation that gives those with a terminal illness the “right to try,” addressing an issue that many who are terminally ill experience.

What does "right to try” mean? A terminal illness is a devastating diagnosis, and many are willing to try experimental medicine or devices when traditional treatments have not succeeded. House Bill 290 permits the use of a drug, product, or device that is still in clinical trials and has not received the final approval by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by a patient suffering from a terminal condition.

Clinical trials for new medications and treatment methods are often lengthy and arduous, and it can be challenging for patients to participate in the trials, considering waiting periods and possible travel requirements. Thus, this legislation allows eligible patients to be treated with an investigational product at the recommendation of their treating physician, so long as the drug or device has successfully completed the first phase of clinical trials required by the FDA. The bill allows physicians and product manufacturers to provide the experimental treatments, but it does not require them to do so.

House Bill 290 provides a sense of hope for these specific patients and their families—a feeling that can be hard to come by when affected by a terminal illness like cancer or other progressive diseases. I was a proud joint sponsor of the legislation with Representative Robert Sprague because I believe that, in certain circumstances, an individual deserves the right to try alternative treatments when other treatment options have failed. It is my hope that many Ohioans will discover beneficial medicines and devices because of the enactment of this bill.


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