New bills proposed in the US aim to give terminally ill patients better access to experimental treatments not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration. A right-to-try bill in the House of Representatives failed to get the votes it needed to pass as fast-track legislation, though it was passed the following week in a 267-to-149 vote. The bill is now before the Senate.

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