Congress OKs letting terminal patients try unapproved drugs

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“A bill helping people with deadly diseases try experimental treatments sailed through Congress on Tuesday, a victory for President Donald Trump and foes of regulation and a defeat for patients’ groups and Democrats who argued that the measure was dangerous and dangled false hope. After an emotional debate, the House gave the legislation final congressional approval by a largely party-line vote of 250-169, nine months after it passed the Senate. Republicans argued that the measure would help hundreds of thousands of people, patients “desperately seeking a beacon of hope,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore.”


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