Posted from: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 03:34 PM - Present

FDA Expands Approved Use of Kalydeco

May 17, 2017 – The U.S. FDA has expanded the approved use of Kalydeco® (ivacaftor - Vertex), a product for treating cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients at least 2 years of age. Previously, it was indicated for use in patients who had one of 10 mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. The new indication has expanded use to include patients who have one mutation in the CFTR gene that is responsive to Kalydeco based on clinical and/or in vitro assay data. This expanded indication increases treatment to include 33 mutations, impacting an additional estimated 900 patients.

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