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A key House Republican wants to make changes to a Senate-passed measure that aims to expand patient access to experimental treatments, a move that will slow the measure’s path to passage.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden of Oregon told STAT Thursday that the Senate-passed “right-to-try” bill, from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), would have to be changed before he would bring it up in his panel.


“There’s a way to work through this that will work for patients and patient safety, will work for terminally ill patients and not give false hope,” Walden said. “I think we can work our way through that and do so in a pretty expedited way that can be bipartisan, that should be able to earn support in both chambers.”

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