Vertex Pharmaceuticals (MA) (VRTX) Release: Republic of Ireland Approves Funding for KALYDECO (ivacaftor), the First Medicine to Treat the Underlying Cause of Cystic Fibrosis, for People With a Specific Genetic Mutation (G551D)
2/1/2013 3:04:19 PM
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Nasdaq: VRTX) announced today that the Health Service Executive (HSE) in the Republic of Ireland will fund KALYDECO™ (ivacaftor), the first medicine to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF), for people ages 6 and older who have at least one copy of the G551D mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. Cystic fibrosis is a rare genetic disease for which there is no cure. It is caused by a defective or missing CFTR protein resulting from mutations in the CFTR gene. In people with the G551D mutation, ivacaftor helps the defective CFTR protein function more normally.