The Orkambi Buyers Club and the price of hope

Diarmaid McDonald is challenging the pharma establishment by delivering life-saving drugs to cystic fibrosis sufferers in the North and in Britain

16th June, 2019
Diarmaid McDonald: ‘balancing power of industry with public power’

In the 1980s, the Dallas Buyers Club became famous for smuggling illegal drugs to Aids patients in the US; it was later the subject of a blockbuster movie.

Now a buyers’ club set up by Irish man Diarmaid McDonald is at the forefront of a battle to give cystic fibrosis patients in the North of Ireland and Britain access to a potentially life-changing drug called Orkambi.

McDonald, who campaigns against what he regards as...

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