Lawmakers postpone discussion on 'Right to Try' proposal

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State lawmakers have postponed a discussion on a bill that would allow terminally-ill patients to use experimental drugs before they receive federal approval.

A House committee was scheduled to discuss the issue Monday afternoon but announced instead that the issue will be taken up on Wednesday.

If passed, the so-called "Right to Try" bill would make Utah the latest in a series of states to institute such legislation, which is being pushed by the Arizona-based libertarian think tank The Goldwater Institute.

Supporters of the legislation argue that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval process is too lengthy.

By passing such legislation, Utah would join Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri and Michigan in allowing the limited use of not-yet-approved medications. Kansas and Wyoming are set to consider similar legislation this year.

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