Marsha Shuler / The Advocate
With his signature, Gov. Bobby Jindal made Louisiana the second state in the nation to allow people with terminal diseases access to potentially life-saving experimental drugs and treatments.
The new “right to try” law, which was drafted by a conservative think tank and passed without any “no” votes in the Legislature, would allow terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs for diseases like cancer prior to the drugs’ approval by the FDA. Drug manufacturers, who are not required to participate, would have to agree, and the experimental drug would have to clear Phase 1 testing.