Cystic Fibrosis drug now available after years-long battle

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By Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

For those suffering from Cystic Fibrosis in Canada, a recent announcement by Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, that a medication will now be available to people in Ontario is good news after a years-long battle to allow the drug into the country.
However, the drug will still not be available to everyone.
The drug, Trikafta, was approved by Health Canada in July, and then went to a negotiation stage to determine the price.
Trikafta, along with two other drugs, Kalydeco and Orkambi, have proven to improve life quality and extend the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliot announced on September 24 that Trikafta has been added to the Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary.
“Much of the credit for this process goes to families in our region who brought this issue to my attention eight years ago and have lead the charge every step of the way,” Mr. Wilson said. “People like Beth and Madi Vanstone, and Sasha Haughian and Jamie Larocque, have been tireless in their efforts to access these innovative drugs and they have become true advocates in their own right.”
The announcement comes after a complex drug approval and reimbursement process...continued.

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