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Right to try

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Patients facing terminal illness in this country have over the years known about experimental drugs and treatments that could offer them a second chance at life. But because the drugs were not yet FDA approved, potentially life saving medication was not within reach.That is until now.

Louisiana is now the second state one of three that allows terminally ill patients the right to try life saving experimental drugs prior to their approval by the FDA .

The legislation which was approved by Governor Bobby Jindal is often called the "Dallas Buyers Club" bill because it refers to the academy award-winning film in which Matthew McConauhey's character smuggled unapproved drugs into the United States to help people with aids.

And while the legislation sparked numerous debates, proponents argued that people facing death should have more options and not have to deal with bureaucracy.

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