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The idea has widespread and bipartisan support: A bill passed unanimously in the Senate last August, and 38 states have enacted their own versions. (Photo: Shutterstock)

During his first State of the Union Address, U.S. President Donald Trump endorsed a proposed national “Right to Try” law, which aims to make it easier for terminally ill patients to get access to experimental drugs. The idea has widespread and bipartisan support: A bill passed unanimously in the Senate last August, and 38 states have enacted their own versions. However, some physicians and medical ethicists, as well as the drug industry, oppose such legislation, arguing that it’s unnecessary and not in the best interests of patients or the general public. 

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