STAT+: Brazilian committee says a Vertex cystic fibrosis is not cost-effective and should not be reimbursed

A Brazilian government advisory committee recommended that the health ministry not pay for a cystic fibrosis treatment made by Vertex Pharmaceuticals after deciding the drug is not cost effective, the latest clash over access to the expensive but groundbreaking medicine.

The decision by the National Committee for Health Technology Incorporation, also known as Conitec, is not final, because a protracted public consultation will still occur over the drug, called Trikafta. The treatment is a combination of three Vertex medicines and is effective in treating roughly 90% of people with cystic fibrosis, which severely damages the lungs and greatly limits life expectancy.

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