Sinn Féin welcomes agreement on Orkambi
Responding to the government announcement that a deal has been reached with Vertex, the makers of Orkambi Sinn Féin's health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD said welcomed the news and described it as a victory for the Cystic Fibrosis patients and their families.
Teachta O’Reilly said;
“We welcome the announcement that agreement has been reached between the HSE and Vertex which will see the vital drug Orkambi available to those who need it from next month.
“This is a victory for the campaign of Cystic Fibrosis patients and their families and is a ringing endorsement of their hard work. It is regrettable that they were forced to protest to get this life saving treatment but it is welcome that their campaign had been fruitful.
“While making these drugs available is of course important we must now ensure that we focus on indigenous industry and investment in research in our universities so that we don't find our seriously ill citizens at the mercy of negotiations between government and large pharmaceutical firms.”