Austin, Texas
April 16, 2019

Honorable Senfronia Thompson, Chair, House Committee on Public Health
John McGeady, Assistant Director     Sarah Keyton, Assistant Director
Legislative Budget Board
HB805 by Parker (Relating to access to certain investigational drugs, biological products, and devices that are in clinical trials by patients with severe chronic diseases.), As Introduced

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

The bill would allow certain individuals with severe chronic diseases to access certain investigational drugs, biological products, and devices which are in clinical trials. The executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) would by rule designate the severe chronic diseases covered by the bill.

The bill would also prohibit state officials or employees from blocking or attempting to block an eligible patient's access to an investigational drug, biological product, or device. The Texas Medical Board would be prohibited from taking any action against a physician's license based solely on the physician's recommendation to an eligible patient regarding access to or treatment with an investigational drug, biological product, or device, provided the recommendation met the medical standard of care.

The Texas Medical Board, HHSC, Department of Insurance, and Department of State Health Services indicate that the provisions of the bill could be absorbed using existing resources.

Local Government Impact

No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.

Source Agencies:
323 Teacher Retirement System, 454 Department of Insurance, 503 Texas Medical Board, 529 Health and Human Services Commission, 537 State Health Services, Department of
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