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Friday 17 August 2018

Drug hope for cystic fibrosis sufferers

Cystic fibrosis patients have welcomed news today of a major breakthrough in the treatment of the disease.

An international research team, led by scientists at Queen's University, Belfast, revealed results of trials of a new drug which appears to have a major effect on treating the lung disease.

The drug, VX-770, provides a significant improvement in lung function, reduces disease flare-ups and improves the overall quality of life of patients.







Mutation

A licence for the new medication will be sought in the autumn.

The Belfast research team said the drug would benefit sufferers with the so-called 'Celtic gene', a genetic mutation particularly common in Ireland.

Delighted researchers said VX-770 is the first drug to target the basic defect caused by the gene mutation in patients.

The drug is expected to be available next year.

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