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February 1, 2013
11:31 EDTVRTXVertex cystic fibrosis drug to be made available in Ireland
Dr. James Reilly TD, Ireland's Minister for Health, announced that Kalydeco, a medicine for the treatment of cystic fibrosis in patients who have the G551D mutation, will be made available for patients in Ireland from March 1st. The decision was made following a request from the Director General Designate of the HSE, Tony O'Brien for a policy direction, prior to its implementation. As with all new drugs Kalydeco was assessed by the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics in January. The assessment acknowledged the benefits of the drug including significant improvements in lung function, increased body weight, improvement in patientsí quality of life and a 55% reduction in pulmonary exacerbations. The assessment did however highlight the high cost of the drug at over EUR234K per patient per annum and the significant budget impact at over EUR28M per annum. The NCPE recommended against reimbursing the drug at the submitted price but suggested mechanisms such as a risk sharing scheme in addition to a price reduction could enable patients to gain access to Kalydeco. The NCPE recommendation led to follow-up discussions between the HSE Corporate Pharmaceutical Unit and the company, Vertex Pharmaceuticals. These discussions provided a mechanism where the drug could be made available to patients whilst at the same time reducing significantly the budget impact of the drug. They were considered by the HSE Drugs Group and a positive recommendation was made supporting the provision of Kalydeco for Irish CF patients.
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October 22, 2014
05:37 EDTVRTXVertex approval could add 500 more patients, says Piper Jaffray
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October 21, 2014
16:49 EDTVRTXVertex: FDA Advisory Committee recommends approval of KALYDECO
Vertex Pharmaceuticals announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationís Pulmonary Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee voted 13-2 to recommend approval of KALYDECO in people with cystic fibrosis ages 6 and older who have the R117H mutation in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulatory gene, which is the indication being reviewed by the FDA.
15:25 EDTVRTXPanel backs approval for Vertex CF drug in R117H mutation, Bloomberg says
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15:18 EDTVRTXPanel votes Vertex CF drug safe, works for R117H mutation, Bloomberg reports
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07:11 EDTVRTXFDA Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committe to hold a meeting
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October 17, 2014
10:27 EDTVRTXVertex FDA panel expected to be positive at Piper Jaffray
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10:26 EDTVRTXFDA panel asked to consider benefit of Vertex drug in younger CF patients
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October 14, 2014
13:59 EDTVRTXVertex mentioned cautiously at BofA/Merrill
October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTVRTXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTVRTXVertex price target raised to $131 from $119 at RW Baird
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05:35 EDTVRTXVertex upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray upgraded Vertex Pharmaceuticals to Overweight citing likely approval of the company's Kalydeco plus lumacaftor combination next year. Piper expects Vertex's Cystic Fibrosis sales to grow to $3.1B in 2016 and raised its price target for shares to $125 from $87.50.
October 10, 2014
08:24 EDTVRTXVertex price target raised to $117 from $109 at Maxim
Maxim raised its price target for Vertex shares to $117 after the company gave an update at the Cystic Fibrosis Conference. The form keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
October 9, 2014
09:33 EDTVRTXVertex says VX-661 Phase 2 study fully enrolled
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07:22 EDTVRTXCystic Fibrosis Foundation to hold a conference
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