February 12, 2018 — Vertex announced that the U.S. FDA approved SYMDEKO (tezacaftor/ivacaftor and ivacaftor) for treating the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF) in people ages 12 and older who have two copies of the F508del mutation in the CFTR gene or who have at least one mutation that is responsive to tezacaftor/ivacaftor. SYMDEKO is Vertex’s third medicine approved to treat the underlying cause of CF. Vertex is ready to launch SYMDEKO and will begin shipping it to pharmacies in the United States this week.
Vertex treats the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis in people ages 12 and older like Jessica Franklin of Maryland with certain mutations in the CFTR gene. Click the play buttons below to hear Laura Bonnell speak with Jessica about how this new medicine will affect her.