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Orkambi Drug should be available to Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers - O'Dowd

Published: 20 November, 2018

Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has called on the British Government and the makers of the Cystic Fibrosis treatment, Orkambi, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, to reach agreement on costs and make the drug available in the north.

Speaking following an event in Westminster which was organised as part of the ongoing campaign for the medication to be available on the NHS, the Upper Bann MLA said:

"Sinn Féin's engagement with campaigners and supporters at the 'End the Wait for Orkambi' event in Westminster has reinforced the importance of Orkambi being made available for Cystic Fibrosis suffers here in the north.

"Orkambi has been proven to significantly slow the rate of decline of lung function for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers and improve their quality of life.

"Cystic Fibrosis patients in the north should be able to access the treatment now without further delay"