State medical expert: €160,000 CF drug ‘minimally effective’

Serious questions have been raised about Orkambi

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
20th December, 2015
The Cystic Fibrosis unit at Crumlin Childrens Hospital open by the President. Picture: rollingnews

The cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi – to which Irish CF sufferers have pleaded for access – has been deemed “minimally effective” by the medical expert charged with recommending whether the state should fund it or not.

Professor Michael Barry, who heads up the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE), warned that the pivotal clinical trial raised “serious questions over the efficacy” of Orkambi.

The NCPE is carrying out an assessment for the...

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