Appeal for access to cystic fibrosis 'superdrug'

A new drug has shown great promise in treating cystic fibrosis, but its high cost has raised fears that it may not be widely available, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
20th January, 2013
Kalydeco: the first -- and only -- approved drug to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis.

It is difficult, if not impossible, to reflect the level of excitement that a blue capsule called Kalydeco elicited when it was first approved for use in the United States. Forbes dubbed it "the most important new drug of 2012" while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States described it as a "breakthrough therapy".

Kalydeco is the first - and only - approved drug to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF)...

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