Charbonneau Sponsors Bill To Aid Terminally Ill Patients

State Senator Ed Charbonneau
State Senator Ed Charbonneau

An area state Senator wants to give terminally ill patients more options with their healthcare.

State Senator Ed Charbonneau is a sponsor of the Indiana Right to Try Act. It would give those patients access to medicines that have passed Phase 1 of the FDA approval process, but aren’t quite on pharmacy shelves.

The bill has already received the approval of the state House, but is in the Senate for further consideration.

Similar pieces of legislation have already been signed into law in several other states, including neighboring Michigan. According to a press release from Senator Charbonneau’s office, 27 other states are considering the legislation this year.

Some of the medications under consideration were pointed out as an example for being effective.

Charbonneau says terminally ill patients deserve access to medicine that could save their life without the stresses of regulatory approval.