MP wel­comes CF drugs

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

WEST Lan­cashire MP Rosie Cooper has wel­comed an agree­ment to ex­tend the NHS li­censed cys­tic fi­bro­sis med­i­ca­tions to in­clude the triple com­bi­na­tion ther­apy Kaftrio.

Hav­ing pre­vi­ously cam­paigned for the NHS to de­liver cys­tic fi­bro­sis treat­ments Orkambi and Symkevi, Ms Cooper had re­cently writ­ten to NHS chief ex­ec­u­tive Sir Simon

Stevens in sup­port of Kaftrio.

NHS Eng­land and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany Ver­tex have now an­nounced that their port­fo­lio of li­censed cys­tic fi­bro­sis medicines will be ex­panded to in­clude the triple com­bi­na­tion ther­apy, Kaftrio.

Ms Cooper said: “I am glad that the NHS is con­tin­u­ing to ex­pand the treat­ments avail­able to cys­tic fi­bro­sis pa­tients.

“For too long these pa­tients were left wait­ing while the NHS ne­go­ti­ated the terms of pro­vid­ing these treat­ments.”

She added: “It is very encouragin­g to see that since agree­ing the ini­tial treat­ments, the NHS are tak­ing steps to pro­vide al­ter­na­tive treat­ments for those that can­not ben­e­fit from the ex­ist­ing drugs.”

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