Twice a day for the last four years John Murphy holds his life in his hands.
“These are my life savers,” Murphy said.
Mekinist and Tafinlar, an experimental combination of drugs used treat stage IV melanoma that metastasized in his lungs. Murphy only was able to access the drugs by agreeing to be a part of an clinical trial in Boston.
“There are 5 of us out of 77 left...but at least we had the chance,” Murphy said.
Murphy had been given only four months to live.
“It was a death sentence,” Murphy said. “The next thing you know, I wasn’t dying anymore, I had hope.”
Hope is the main reason why Murphy wrote letters voicing his support for House Bill 14-1281. A law that is known as the “right to try” bill will allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs without federal approval.
"They're already in dire straits. We have to give them hope; we have to give them an ability to have a chance to survive or to get better," said State Senator George Rivera from Pueblo. Rivera co-sponsored the bill.
“Let them have a right to decide,” Rivera said.
The bill passed unanimously through the Colorado Legislature despite concerns that it is just a “feel good” bill and could open more patients to harm.
"You might have sudden death...well mister, you have something called certain death otherwise...why won't you roll the dice," Murphy said.
Governor Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bill in Fort Collins tomorrow (Saturday). Colorado will become the first state to enact this type of law.