Prior to his ALS diagnosis last year, Mike DeBartoli was a firefighter in Sacramento. Now living in Tracy, he came to Sacramento for a hearing on one of two bills offering a gleam of last-ditch hope to people like him in a growing movement dubbed “right to try.” The legislation would allow Californians with fatal diseases to petition pharmaceutical companies directly for experimental drugs that have gone through some safety tests but have not yet garnered full approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
Prior to his ALS diagnosis last year, Mike DeBartoli was a firefighter in Sacramento. Now living in Tracy, he came to Sacramento for a hearing on one of two bills offering a gleam of last-ditch hope to people like him in a growing movement dubbed “right to try.” The legislation would allow Californians with fatal diseases to petition pharmaceutical companies directly for experimental drugs that have gone through some safety tests but have not yet garnered full approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Manny Crisostomo mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
Prior to his ALS diagnosis last year, Mike DeBartoli was a firefighter in Sacramento. Now living in Tracy, he came to Sacramento for a hearing on one of two bills offering a gleam of last-ditch hope to people like him in a growing movement dubbed “right to try.” The legislation would allow Californians with fatal diseases to petition pharmaceutical companies directly for experimental drugs that have gone through some safety tests but have not yet garnered full approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Manny Crisostomo mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

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‘Right to try’ bills would let dying Californians use experimental drugs

May 22, 2015 5:01 PM

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