Govt funds $21k a month cystic fibrosis treatment

Tezacaftor/ivacaftor is being funded as an alternative to lumacaftor/ivacaftor, says Minister for Health Greg Hunt

The Federal Government has announced public funding for the $21,000-a-month cystic fibrosis treatment tezacaftor/ivacaftor (Symdeko) for patients aged 12 and older.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt
Minister for Health Greg Hunt

The PBAC recommended funding the drug in March as an alternative to lumacaftor/ivacaftor, saying the new combination had fewer interactions with antibiotics or antidepressants, which could otherwise force doctors to interrupt patients'

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