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Right to Try bill becomes law, thanks to Indiana boy

WASHINGTON (WCMH) - Earlier this week, President Donald Trump signed the “Right to Try” bill into law.

The law will allow terminally ill patients to try drugs that the Federal Drug Administration has not yet approved, and it all started with a young boy from Indiana.

 Trump says the law will give those with terminal illnesses hope.

“Thousands and thousands, hundreds of thousands — we’re going to be saving tremendous numbers of lives,” Trump said. “The current FDA approval process can take many, many years. For countless patients, time is not what they have.”

Jordan McLinn, 9, and his mother Laura have been working with Sen. Joe Donnelly to send the bill to the president’s desk. Jordan has a form of muscular dystrophy and is in a clinical trial. Laura said Jordan is in a clinical trial now, but did not qualify for the treatment when his family started lobbying for the bill in Indianapolis three years ago.

“There are a lot of boys that aren’t making it into trials, lots of patients for a lot of other diseases,” Laura said. “Our fight has become a lot bigger than it was when I marched Jordan down to the statehouse.”

On Wednesday, all that hard work paid off.

“He knows he’s doing this for other people,” Laura said. “He knows it’s not just about him. He really gets it.”

Jordan was at the president’s side as he signed the bill into law and thanked Trump with a hug.

 


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