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# Orkambi

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'If I didn't take part in a clinical trial, I would have died'
Patients in Ireland are being encouraged to ask their doctors about clinical trials.
'She was just so ill, it was horrible to see my child like that'
Darcy Grainger is one of about 1,300 people in Ireland who have cystic fibrosis.
'We've come so far': Orkambi campaigners hail next step as children can now get 'life-changing' drug
Children between the ages of six and 11 will now be able to access the drug in Ireland after yesterday’s announcement.
'In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory': How tension built ahead of Orkambi deal
HSE and Vertex employees were working long hours behind the scenes to secure the historic agreement.
Campaign to raise money for Orla Tinsley's lung transplant care hits target
A fundraiser has been set up to help Irish journalist Orla Tinsley raise money for a lung transplant aftercare.
'Undue fear and confusion': Read the emails Vertex sent to Department of Health about Orkambi
A deal on the cystic fibrosis drug was finally reached last month.
'No parent wants to see their child go before them': Living day-to-day with cystic fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis can be a life-changing condition for entire families.
'We are so, so happy that it's finally here': Cystic fibrosis patients celebrate deal on Orkambi
Orkambi – as well as the drug Kalydeco – will now be available for CF sufferers from 1 May.
'Life changing' cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi will be available from next month
Simon Harris made the announcement today in the Dáil.
'After the transplant, I looked in the mirror and my eyes weren’t yellow anymore, they were white'
Shauna Morrissey has cystic fibrosis and is campaigning for an opt-out organ donation system.
Deal on 'miracle' cystic fibrosis drug expected in a matter of weeks
Health Minister Simon Harris said that he wants a good deal for the taxpayer and, most importantly, for patients.
Taoiseach told 'several children have died' waiting for Orkambi drug decision
Orkambi is estimated to cost €159,000 per patient.
'Not fit for purpose': How an 'arbitrary' system decides what drugs get funded in Ireland
Within the finite resources of the health system, expensive drugs are routinely turned down.
Your crash course in... Ireland's battle with Big Pharma for a 'miracle' cystic fibrosis drug
The government is making a last-ditch attempt to settle a better price for Orkambi.
Cystic Fibrosis patients being 'used as pawns' in Orkambi medication negotiations
The drugs are currently too expensive for the HSE to make available to patients.
Vertex to re-open talks on Orkambi with HSE
Earlier, hundreds of people attended a protest outside Leinster House calling for action on the drug.
Drug company wants Simon Harris to intervene in row on life-changing drug Orkambi
The health minister said he wants “further engagement” between Vertex and the HSE.
Simon Harris writes to other health ministers in bid to reduce cost of CF drug
The Health minister wants to team up with England, Scotland, Canada and Australia.
Opinion: 'My little boy isn't worth the cost of Orkambi'
News broke last night on Twitter that the Government have rejected a drug – Orkambi – that could stop my son’s pain, suffering and lengthen his life, writes Elmarie Tipper.
HSE drug advisor says life-changing cystic fibrosis drug is "not value for money"
It was reported yesterday that the HSE would not be financing the drug.
Cystic fibrosis patients 'dismayed' at decision to not fund life-changing drug
Simon Harris has said he has not yet received a decision from the HSE regarding Orkambi.
Simon Harris wants to bring down the cost of expensive drugs by buying in bulk
The minister says he is exploring options with other EU countries to bring the cost down.
'Orkambi saved my life, other people should get access to it'
The drug, which costs about €160,000 per patient per year, is giving some people with cystic fibrosis a new lease of life.
'I want to be a reliable friend. A better family member. I want to be present. I want Orkambi' talks to three people with cystic fibrosis about what has been a difficult week.