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Vertex Receives a Positive PBAC Recommendation for Reimbursement of ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) to Treat Australians Ages Six and Over with Cystic Fibrosis and Two Copies of the F508del Mutation
- PBAC recommendation moves approximately 1,300 patients in
“We’re very pleased that lumacaftor/ivacaftor received a positive PBAC
recommendation for CF patients in
Many thousands of patients worldwide are already receiving
lumacaftor/ivacaftor in countries where it is reimbursed including
Vertex remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring people living with CF have rapid access to its medicines.
Cystic fibrosis is a rare, life-shortening genetic disease affecting
approximately 75,000 people including countries within
CF is caused by a defective or missing CFTR protein resulting from mutations in the CFTR gene. Children must inherit two defective CFTR genes — one from each parent — to have CF. There are approximately 2,000 known mutations in the CFTR gene. Some of these mutations, which can be determined by a genetic test, or genotyping test, lead to CF by creating non-working or too few CFTR proteins at the cell surface. The defective function or absence of CFTR protein results in poor flow of salt and water into and out of the cell in a number of organs. In the lungs, this leads to the build-up of abnormally thick, sticky mucus that can cause chronic lung infections and progressive lung damage in many patients that eventually leads to death. The median age of death is in the mid-to-late 20s.
About ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) and the F508del mutation
In people with two copies of the F508del mutation, the CFTR protein is not processed and trafficked normally within the cell, resulting in little-to-no CFTR protein at the cell surface. Patients with two copies of the F508del mutation are easily identified by a simple genetic test.
ORKAMBI® is a combination of lumacaftor, which is designed to increase the amount of mature protein at the cell surface by targeting the processing and trafficking defect of the F508del-CFTR protein, and ivacaftor, which is designed to enhance the function of the CFTR protein once it reaches the cell surface. Lumacaftor/ivacaftor is available as tablets and is typically taken twice per day.
For complete product information, please see the Summary of Product Characteristics that can be found on www.ema.europa.eu.
The PBAC is an independent, expert statutory body which reviews
submissions from pharmaceutical companies regarding new medicines to be
considered for subsidy within the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. In addition to clinical development programs in CF, Vertex has more than a dozen ongoing research programs focused on the underlying mechanisms of other serious diseases.
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Special Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without
limitation, Mr. Bedson’s statement in the second paragraph of this press
release. While Vertex believes the forward-looking statements contained
in this press release are accurate, there are a number of factors that
could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those
indicated by such forward-looking statements. Those risks and
uncertainties include, among other things, that Vertex could experience
unforeseen delays in reaching an agreement with the Australian
government and the other risks listed under Risk Factors in Vertex's
annual report and quarterly reports filed with the
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