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Congressman and White House hopeful Ron Paul's (R-Texas) new bill aims to give doctors the authority to authorize treatment with unapproved medical devices for patients who are terminally ill.

Congressman Ron Paul

House Republican and White House hopeful Ron Paul (R-Texas) aims to give doctors increased authority to prescribe terminal patients treatment with unapproved medical devices.

Paul's bill, introduced this month and dubbed the "Compassionate Freedom Choice Act of 2012," would allow physicians the ability to treat terminally ill patients with investigational devices as a last resort.

"Denying these patients a possible opportunity to cure their illness – or at least reduce their suffering – is nonsensical and cruel," Paul said on the House floor when introducing the bill earlier this month. "Why should the FDA deny terminally-ill patients access to drugs, devices, and treatments that the patient's physicians have determined represents the patent's only possible chance for survival?"

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