Friday, September 4, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Sept 4, 2015) – On Wednesday, the California gave final approval to a bill that would effectively nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent terminally-ill patients from accessing experimental treatments. The vote was 76-2.

Introduced in January by Asm. Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) and nine bipartisan co-sponsors, Assembly Bill 159 (AB159) gives terminally ill patients access to medicines that have not been given final approval for use by the FDA.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

It didn’t exactly happen the way he planned. But state Sen. Jeff Stone’s push to give terminally ill Californians access to experimental drugs is on its way to the governor.

The Legislature this week passed a “right to try” bill allowing doctors to prescribe drugs that are in clinical trials to terminally ill patients. Stone, R-Temecula, was a principal co-author of the bill and offered similar legislation in the Senate.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

On Wednesday, the Assembly voted 63-2 to approve a bill (AB 159) that would give patients with terminal illnesses greater access to experimental medications, the Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports.

The bill now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow makers of experimental drugs to make them available to Californians with life-threatening diseases.

The measure, which goes back to the Assembly for action on amendments, applies to drugs, devices and biological products that have undergone clinical trials but have not yet been approved for general public use by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media held a panel Friday entitled "California's Video Game Industry: Staying on Top of a Changing Game" in the School of Cinematic Arts.

The aim of the event was to examine what the video game industry looks like and how important California is to the industry's present and future, as well as the role universities will play in training the next generation of workers.

Monday, August 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers advanced legislation Monday seeking to rein in the use of privacy-invading drones, passing one bill to prevent the use of drones by paparazzi and another making it a trespassing violation to fly drones over private property without permission.

In the state Senate, lawmakers voted 40-0 to approve AB856 by Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, classifying drone use to take pictures or video on private property as an invasion of privacy. "This bill will make paparazzi accountable for the breach of private property boundaries," said Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, who carried the bill in the Senate.

Friday, June 12, 2015

SACRAMENTO — The Senate Health committee will consider legislation that would streamline access to experimental treatments for terminally ill patients. AB 159, also known as the “Right to Try Act”, would allow manufacturers to provide, and physicians to prescribe, a drug, biological product, or device not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when the patient has a serious or immediate life-threatening condition. Insurance carriers would have the option to cover such treatments, but are not required to do so.

Sponsored by Assemblymember Ian Calderon (D-City of Industry), the bill intends to remove barriers to access experimental drugs. The FDA currently offers “compassion waivers” that allow physicians to use experimental treatments, but Assemblymember Calderon believes this process to be too cumbersome for physicians, creating unnecessary delays.