Boston NPR Health Blog Highlights CF Drug Development

July 18, 2012

A story featured on Boston’s NPR blog CommonHealth spotlights recent progress made in cystic fibrosis drug development. 

The blog post focuses on new treatments developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. in collaboration with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that target the underlying cause of CF, and highlights the recent FDA approval of Kalydeco. Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., president and CEO of the CF Foundation, is quoted: “The improvement that we’re seeing with Kalydeco is so much more than we see with any other intervention we’ve ever had.”

Also highlighted are recent positive results from a Phase 2 combination study of Kalydeco and VX-809. The combination therapy could potentially help 27-year-old Danny Bessette, who was featured on the cover of Science magazine when the CF gene was discovered in 1989. Bessette remains hopeful as the treatment moves toward a Phase III clinical trial.

Read the full story.