As expected, both Orkambi and Kalydeco (for the treatment of children with CF aged 2 years and older) will be subject to a full review by the National Centre for Pharma Economics (NCPE) in Ireland. This is normal for such drugs. This process includes a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) that may take up to 90 working days. We will let you know the outcome of these two reviews as soon as we hear.
We thank everyone who responded to our recent survey – we received almost 500 responses which is an indication in itself how important this issue is to our members. CFI is currently finalising our report which will include information drawn from this survey.
In the meantime, Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD has agreed to meet with Cystic Fibrosis Ireland following our request for a meeting before Christmas. This will take place before the end of January. CFI welcomes this opportunity to discuss with the Minister issues such as access to new and innovative therapies as well as other key CF related issues including staffing levels in hospitals and investment in key CF centres.
Many thanks to all our members for their support to date.
CEO Cystic Fibrosis Ireland