Press Release

Minister Harris welcomes EU approval for ORKAMBI in Children with Cystic Fibrosis ages 6-11

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris has welcomed the announcement today by Vertex Pharmaceuticals that it has received EU approval for ORKAMBI in children with Cystic Fibrosis aged 6 to 11.

ORKAMBI is already licenced in patients aged 12 years and over and is currently reimbursed in Ireland.

Minister Harris said “It’s good news for CF patients that Orkambi will soon be available to younger children too after EU approval.

We ensured this age group was included in the agreement that Vertex in 2017, subject to market authorisation in Europe.”

The HSE will be putting in place the necessary reimbursement arrangements over the coming weeks for this age group.