Trikafta, a new cystic fibrosis (CF) medication that has been shown to improve quality of life for patients, is now covered in Saskatchewan.. The Drug Plan this will come into effect October 1st.
The medication is approved by Health Canada for cystic fibrosis patients 12 years of age and older, with a specific cystic fibrosis genetic mutation.
“We know those with cystic fibrosis and their families have waited a long time for this medication,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said. “I’m extremely pleased to announce our government will make it available to eligible patients throughout the province.”
Saskatchewan is part of the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA), which has been engaged in negotiations with Vertex Pharmaceuticals regarding Trikafta. The pCPA announced on September 17 that a mutual agreement has been reached on terms (pricing and conditions of coverage) for Trikafta.
“Trikafta is the single greatest innovation in cystic fibrosis history and it has the power to transform the lives of thousands of Canadians,” Cystic Fibrosis Canada Director of Government and Community Relations Kim Steele said. “The CF community in Saskatchewan has fought long and hard to get this drug into their hands. Access to Trikafta will mean longer and healthier lives for so many people, and the ability to plan for a future that many feared they might not live to see.”
More information regarding the listing and coverage criteria will be available in the coming days. CF patients and families are encouraged to speak with their physician about coverage, once Trikafta is listed on the Formulary.
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