DENVER - Colorado is poised to become the first state to allow terminally ill patients to access experimental medications, even when those medicines are years away from hitting the market.
A bill awaiting the governor's signature would make Colorado the first with so-called "Right To Try" legislation. Similar measures are pending in Louisiana and Missouri, and Arizona voters will decide in November whether to set up a similar program in that state.
The legislation clears the way for drug companies to provide experimental medications to patients outside of clinical trials. But drug makers would not be required to do so. Some critics say the legislation may not lead to greater access.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper plans to sign the "Right to Try" bill into law Saturday.
House Bill 1281: http://goo.gl/U0OWi3