St. Paul, MN  (KROC-AM News) - Governor Mark Dayton has signed the Minnesota Right to Try Act into law.

The measure allows doctors to prescribe certain experimental medicines to terminally ill patients. The medications must first clear basic safety testing and be part ongoing clinical trials to qualify, while the patients must have already exhausted all conventional treatment options and be unable to enroll in clinical trials.

Minnesota is the 16th state to enact such a law.

The Food and Drug Administration has a process in place that allows individual patients to request permission to obtain investigational medicines, but proponents of the Right to Try Act say fewer than 1000 people a year receive help using that avenue.

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