When your life is already jam-packed with nebulizing medications, why would you add one more?
As a CF pharmacist, I've received many questions about complementary and alternative medications and supplements over the years. Although I am admittedly not the first person to “jump at the idea,” I always make sure to stay informed about available products and listen to my patients without judgement so that we can partner together to develop the best treatment plans for them.
When the news of the Trikafta™ approval came out, I was simultaneously excited for people with CF that would benefit and disappointed that another new medicine is passing me by. But, hearing about the next wave of research into a cure for ALL people with CF has me looking forward to the future.
We depend on antibiotics to help us control and get rid of dangerous infections. But, in addition to the near-miraculous power to heal, many antibiotics come with serious side effects, too.
Today, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted its application to expand Trikafta® (elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor) to include children ages 6-11 years old with cystic fibrosis who have at least one F508del or a mutation in the CFTR gene that is responsive based on in vitro data. The FDA has granted priority review of the application and has indicated that it will make a decision by June 8, 2021.
At first, it was easy to get my son to do his cystic fibrosis treatments. But as he got older, he started to hide his medications, rather than take them. I finally learned how to get him to see the importance of taking his medications.
I am both excited and scared that my son will be old enough to try Trikafta when he turns 12 later this year. In some ways, I can hardly wait to see how he will benefit. But I also know that he might experience side effects, and I don't want him to have any setbacks.
Bronchodilators may widen
It is important to always clean and disinfect your nebulizer because you can breathe in germs through your nebulizer and risk developing a lung infection.