Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Rooney: Right to Try Act Gives Hope to Terminally Ill

May 30, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congressman Thomas J. Rooney (R-FL) issued the following statement on President Donald J. Trump’s signing of S. 204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act into law:

“Terminally ill patients are people just like the rest of us – they are our neighbors, friends and loved ones who are just looking for a way to survive,” Rooney said. “Not only are they searching for relief from their illnesses, but these terminally ill patients are just searching for a little hope. This law sends a message loud and clear that they won’t be forced to give up their fight. The Right to Try Act gives them the opportunity to keep trying and to keep that hope alive.”

The Right to Try Act provides more treatment options for patients living with a terminal illness. The new law gives patients who do not qualify for clinical trials the choice to participate in experimental treatments without permission from the Food and Drug Administration. While there are required provisions in place to participate, such as written consent from a physician and compliance from the drug companies, S. 204 will ultimately give patients the flexibility to choose the best treatment option for them. 

Right to try legislation has already passed in 39 states, including Florida, where it became law in 2015.