California Code, Health and Safety Code - HSC § 111548.2

(a) Notwithstanding Section 110280 , 111520 , or 111550 , a manufacturer of an investigational drug, biological product, or device may make available the manufacturer's investigational drug, biological product, or device to an eligible patient pursuant to this article.  This article does not require that a manufacturer make available an investigational drug, biological product, or device to an eligible patient.

(b) A manufacturer may do both of the following:

(1) Provide an investigational drug, biological product, or device to an eligible patient without receiving compensation.

(2) Require an eligible patient to pay the costs of, or associated with, the manufacture of the investigational drug, biological product, or device.

(c)(1) This article does not expand the coverage provided under Sections 1370.4 and 1370.6 of this code, Sections 10145.3 and 10145.4 of the Insurance Code , or Sections 14087.11 and 14132.98 of the Welfare and Institutions Code .

(2) This article does not require a health benefit plan to provide coverage for the cost of any investigational drug, biological product, or device, or the costs of services related to the use of an investigational drug, biological product, or device under this article.  A health benefit plan may provide coverage for an investigational drug, biological product, or device made available pursuant to this section.

(d) If the clinical trial for an investigational drug, biological product, or device is closed due to the lack of efficacy or for toxicity, the investigational drug, biological product, or device shall not be offered.  If notice of closure of a clinical trial is given for an investigational drug, biological product, or device taken by a patient outside of a clinical trial, the manufacturer and the patient's primary physician shall notify the patient of the information from the safety committee of the clinical trial.

(e) If an eligible patient dies while being treated by an investigational drug, biological product, or device made available pursuant to this article, the patient's heirs and health benefit plan, except to the extent the plan provided coverage pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (c), are not liable for any outstanding debt related to the treatment or lack of insurance for the treatment.


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