Sinema Passes Bill to Give Arizonans Increased Access to Potentially Life-Saving Treatment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation cosponsored by Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) that would enable Arizonans suffering from life-threatening conditions to access potentially life-saving treatments that are currently denied them by the federal government.

“Arizona families and their doctors should make life-or-death choices about their health, not Washington bureaucrats,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “Right to try allows patients with months to live to explore every possible treatment opportunity with their doctors. We worked across the aisle on this commonsense solution that could save lives in Arizona and help us reap the benefits of our medical innovation.”

Currently, when patients with potentially fatal conditions exhaust their available medical options, their only chance at life-saving treatment is often to join a clinical trial. The odds of being accepted into a clinical trial are exceedingly low. The bill Sinema helped pass gives these patients the ability, within certain guidelines, to try experimental treatments that have completed the first phase of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing, but have not been cleared to go to market.

In Arizona, similar legislation passed by ballot measure in 2014 with the support of 80% of Arizonans. A federal standard would allow patients in Arizona to access treatments developed in all 50 states.