Investigational drugs; expanded access. (SB732)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patrons Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), and Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Expanded access to investigational drugs, biological products, and devices. Provides that a manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product, or device may make such drug, product, or device available to a person who has a terminal illness when (i) the person has, in consultation with his treating physician, considered all other treatment options currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; (ii) the person has been denied opportunity to participate in a clinical trial for the treatment of his terminal illness within one week of completion of the clinical trial application process or has been unable to participate in a clinical trial for the treatment of his terminal illness within 100 miles of his home address; (iii) the person's treating physician has recommended treatment with an investigational drug, biological product, or device; and (iv) the person has provided written informed consent. The bill provides that a manufacturer that provides such drug, product, or device may provide it free of charge or may require the person to pay costs associated with its manufacture. The bill also provides that health insurance providers may, but are not required to, provide coverage for costs associated with use of such drug, product, or device; that a health insurance provider may deny coverage other than coverage for preexisting conditions or benefits that commenced prior to the time treatment with the investigational drug, biological product, or device began to a person receiving treatment with an investigational drug, biological product, or device during the period of treatment; and that no health care provider who recommends such treatment shall be deemed to have engaged in unprofessional conduct solely on the grounds of such recommendation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/15/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100728D
12/15/2014Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/14/2015Assigned Education sub: Health Professions
01/20/2015Impact statement from VDH (SB732)
02/05/2015Reported from Education and Health with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2015Committee substitute printed 15104528D-S1
02/05/2015Incorporates SB1149
02/05/2015Incorporates SB1222
02/06/2015Impact statement from VDH (SB732S1)
02/06/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2015Read second time
02/09/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104528D-S1
02/09/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB732S1
02/09/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2015Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Placed on Calendar
02/11/2015Read first time
02/11/2015Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/17/2015Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2015Committee substitute printed 15105202D-H1
02/18/2015Read second time
02/19/2015Passed by for the day
02/20/2015Passed by for the day
02/23/2015Floor substitute printed 15105331D-H2 (Ransone)
02/23/2015Read third time
02/23/2015Passed by for the day
02/24/2015Read third time
02/24/2015Committee substitute rejected 15105202D-H1
02/24/2015Passed by temporarily
02/24/2015Substitute by Delegate Ransone agreed to 15105331D-H2
02/24/2015Engrossed by House - floor substitute SB732H2
02/24/2015Passed House with substitute (99-Y 0-N)
02/24/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2015Title replaced 15105331D-H2
02/27/2015Impact statement from VDH (SB732H2)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB732ER)
03/06/2015Impact statement from VDH (SB732ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/26/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 655 (effective 7/1/15)
03/26/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0655)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.