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Patient access to unapproved medical products allowed under DeFazio, Daschle bills.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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PATIENT ACCESS TO UNAPPROVED MEDICAL PRODUCTS WOULD BE ALLOWED under legislation introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) on July 12 and Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) on July 14. Called the Access to Medical Treatment Act, the legislation would allow health practitioners to administer unapproved drugs, devices, foods or dietary supplements to patients as long as there is no evidence the treatment causes harm and the patient is informed about the treatment and its possible side effects. DeFazio's bill is identified as HR 2019; Daschle's version will be assigned a bill number the week of July 17.
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