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SALEM, OR -- Legislation to allow Oregonians to try experimental drugs and treatments for terminally ill patients is on its way to Governor Kate Brown's desk.


Steve Buckstein with the Cascade Policy Institute supports the bill, but just wishes it included children.


"The way the bill passes in both chambers is its only available for adults 18 and older and doctors have to sign off that these patients are only expected to live 6 months or less. No other state is that restrictive.  Twenty one other states have approved similar legislation and often children are the biggest beneficiaries of experimental drugs."


Buckstein hopes the state can expand this legislation in the future to cover children who are terminally ill.

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