Press Release

Minister Harris welcomes positive engagement on Orkambi with Australian Health Minister

Minister for Health, Simon Harris today welcomed positive engagement with the Australian Health Minister on the subject of Orkambi, saying:

“I was delighted to speak to Minister Sussan Ley, the Australian Health Minister, this morning following my recent letter to her on the subject of Orkambi.  Minister Ley and I discussed the challenges we have in common on the reimbursement of Orkambi and agreed to explore working together in the interests of patients.  Our officials will now engage to progress this matter.

In addition to the positive engagement with Australia, the initial feedback from a number of Countries I have written to and engaged with has been positive.”

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Notes to Editors:

·    The Minister wrote to Health Ministers in England, Scotland, Canada and Australia regarding Orkambi.
·    The Minister also participated in the second Round Table meeting for European Health Ministers and CEO’s/Heads of Europe-based pharmaceutical companies, co-organised by Portugal and the Netherlands, in Lisbon on 7th December 2016.