Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick will bring US Navy retired commander, Matthew Bellina, as his guest, to the 2018 State of the Union address, Tuesday.

Bellina, a Bucks County resident, and ALS warrior will join Congressman Fitzpatrick as they continue to push to pass the Right to Try Act… This legislation will ensure that terminally ill patients, with their physicians and pharmaceutical manufacturers, are allowed to administer investigational treatments where no alternative exists. Thus, the Right to Try.

In October, Fitzpatrick and Bellina testified in front of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee as part of a hearing on the Right to Try legislation. Companion legislation passed the Senate unanimously last August and awaits a House of Representatives vote before it can go to the President’s desk.

“Each day, families across the country receive the devastating news of a terminal diagnosis. Even with the amazing work done in American medical research and development, for too many, access to these potentially lifesaving treatments will come too late, or not at all. The Right to Try Act opens the opportunity to trial-stage care and establishes the freedom for patients and their doctors to try therapies where the benefits far outweigh the risks,” said Fitzpatrick.

Currently, 38 states have signed into law their own Right to Try legislation, including Pennsylvania. Fitzpatrick’s bill ensures that the federal government – and the FDA, specifically – does not interfere with state laws. -PW