Two pieces of health care-related legislation were recently signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf.
Act 33 of 2017, dubbed the “Right to Try” law, will provide terminally ill patients the opportunity to try experimental treatments, such as investigational drugs, biological products and medical devices. It will allow access to treatments that have not been fully approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The legislation received overwhelming support by Pennsylvania lawmakers, illustrated by unanimous passage in both the House and Senate chambers.
Rep. Robert Godshall (R-Montgomery) introduced the legislation and upon its enactment stated,” Faced with certain death, terminally ill patients do not have the luxury of time and have likely exhausted all other available options.”
Additionally, Act 39 of 2017 was also recently signed into law. It will establish a check-off box on state income tax returns, allowing Pennsylvanians to voluntarily make monetary contributions to pediatric cancer research.
The funding would then be allocated to institutions in Pennsylvania that are working on cutting edge research to develop better treatments and drugs in the fight against cancer in children.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Tom Caltagirone (D-Berks), calls this a “needed-step forward”.