Cystic fibrosis drug set for rejection

A €220,000 `wonder drug' to treat cystic fibrosis is set to be rejected for use in the Irish health service.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
20th January, 2013

A €220,000 "wonder drug" to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) is set to be rejected for use in the Irish health service after the manufacturer was told there were serious obstacles to the Irish taxpayer covering the cost.

Kalydeco, which is manufactured by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, is the first and only drug that treats the underlying cause of CF rather than the symptoms of the condition.

It is too early to say whether Kalydeco will be a...

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