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The “Right to Try” movement may be embedded in the Republican Party platform.

Amid the run up to the Republican National Convention that begins in Cleveland next week, the party has adopted an amendment in its draft platform that endorses a controversial stance toward obtaining treatments for fatal illnesses. Known as Right to Try, the concept is designed to allow desperately sick people to gain access to experimental medicines.


The move embraces so-called Right to Try laws that have been passed by 31 states and allow terminally ill patients to leapfrog the drug development process, which typically takes years before new treatments become available. The platform amendment was introduced on Monday by Eric Brakey, a convention delegate and Maine state senator who last year shepherded such a bill into law in his own state.

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