What APRNs Need to Know About Right to Try

Chelsea Backler, MSN, APRN, AGCNS-BC, AOCNS®


The Right-to-Try (RTT) law, which has been in effect since May 2018, may have a misleading name, given that it doesn’t require drug manufacturers to grant access to experimental treatments that have passed phase I trials to any patient who seeks it. Rather, the law grants terminally ill patients the “right to ask” the drug company directly, but the request can be denied for several reasons (e.g., limited supply, expense).

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