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Congressman Biggs Recognizes the One-Year Anniversary of Right to Try Becoming Law

May 30, 2019
Press Release

GILBERT, ARIZONA – One year ago today, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act, which Congressman Biggs introduced in the House of Representatives the first week he entered office, was signed into law by President Trump. This bipartisan legislation allows critically ill patients who have exhausted all other options to try medications that have passed basic Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety protocols but not completed the full, multiyear approval process. Congressman Biggs issued the following statement:

“One year after its enactment, the ‘Right to Try Act’ continues to offer terminally ill patients the greatest gift of all: hope. I was pleased to see that one of the major patient champions of this legislation, Matt Bellina, has already gained access to an experimental treatment for ALS because of this law. I hope that Matt’s experience and those of other brave advocates will inspire more and more drug companies to offer critical experimental medications to the patients who need them most. 

“Special thanks again to President Trump, Vice President Pence, Senator Ron Johnson, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, Laura and Jordan McLinn, the Goldwater Institute, and countless other advocates around the country who championed this policy at the federal level and made this law a reality.”

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.

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