May 10, 2016.
US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced the Trickett Wendler Right To Try Act of 2016 during a meeting with ALS patients and those affected by the slow federal drug approval process.
The “Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017” passed Congress on May 22, 2018. The bill amends Federal law to allow certain unapproved, experimental drugs to be administered to terminally ill patients who have exhausted all approved treatment options and are unable to participate in clinical drug trials.
“I would not be here today without the tireless efforts of dedicated members of Congress,” Trump said, specifically pointing out Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, and Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas.
Trump said he thinks “hundreds of thousands” could be saved as a result of the legislation.