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Cystic Fibrosis Fight Coming to an End

June 21, 2021 – Health Canada has approved Trikafta for sale in Canada.  At the same time the national agency responsible for negotiating drug prices on behalf of provincial, territorial and federal drug plans has agreed on pricing with the manufacturer of two other CF drugs, Kalydeco and Orkambi.  These transformational medications improve life quality and extend the lives of people living with Cystic Fibrosis. 

“Much of the credit for this progress goes to families in our region who have fought long and hard for these life-saving drugs,” said Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson.  “I’ve been proud to work alongside people like Beth and Madi Vanstone, and Sasha Haughian and Jamie Larocque, who have been tireless in their efforts to access these innovative drugs that are available, and paid for by health plans, in many other countries,” he added.  

Ottawa’s announcement means that doctors can now prescribe Trikafta for people aged 12 and up with cystic fibrosis.  And the deal between the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) and the drug manufacturer means that provincial governments can now negotiate agreements with Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Canada). 

 “The ball is now in Doug Ford’s court,” said Mr. Wilson.  “I am confident the government of Ontario will live up to its promise to list these drugs on the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary and quickly make them available to patients like 16 year-old Finn Murphy of Collingwood, who wants to get back to playing hockey.”

MPP Wilson has raised the question of Cystic Fibrosis medication availability numerous times over the past 10 years in the Ontario legislature.  Minister of Health Christine Elliott has committed to ensuring the government will move quickly to list them on the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary. 

You can watch MPP Wilson’s exchange with Minister Elliott here:

See Cystic Fibrosis Canada News Release here

See Vertex Pharmaceuticals News Release here

Read a local news story written by Brad Pritchard here

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