WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence publicly threw his support behind efforts to help terminally ill patients access experimental treatments in a Thursday morning tweet. “Let’s get this DONE,” Pence said about the “right-to-try” legislation currently stalled in Congress, citing a meeting earlier this week with Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
Yesterday I met with @SGottliebFDA on the importance of passing a Right to Try law. It's about restoring hope and giving patients with life threatening diseases a fighting chance. Let's get this DONE.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) January 18, 2018
Pence, a longtime advocate of right-to-try legislation, has been working with his staff and several lawmakers who support the measures to pressure leaders in the House of Representatives to act on the issue early this year, several members have confirmed to STAT. The Senate passed legislation, from Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), last fall.