More than five months after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill to allow the terminally ill access to experimental drugs, an Assembly committee began the process on Tuesday of sending almost the exact same proposal back to Brown's desk.
"This is just about having hope, having another avenue," said Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) as he brought the proposal back before the Assembly Health Committee.
The new bill, AB 1668, passed on a bipartisan 15-0 vote. It would allow anyone with a terminal illness access to experimental drugs with the approval of two physicians, thus expanding the pool of patients who are able to try such treatments. It would not, however, require drug manufacturers to make the drugs available, and it would not force health plans to pay for the treatment.