Valley Journal Advertiser - 2021-11-23


Province to cover cost of life-changing drug



The 190 Nova Scotians who live with cystic fibrosis got a substantial lift from the province on Nov. 18. The Progressive Conservative government announced that, starting immediately, the province will fully cover the cost of the drug Trikafta. “Providing access to this game-changing drug as soon as possible and at no cost to the patient was our goal,” Health Minister Michelle Thompson said in a news release. Anne Marie Drake, an advocate and mother of sons living with cystic fibrosis, said it’s “a life-changing day” for people affected by the disease. “Trikafta targets the root cause of cystic fibrosis and helps break the cycle of infection and deteriorating lung function,” Drake said in the release. “Our son calls this drug a ‘dream come true.’ We are forever grateful to the CF community for their efforts in making this day a reality. While this is an exciting day, we look forward to the day when every Canadian who needs Trikafta can access it.” Cystic fibrosis is a rare and progressive genetic disease that affects children and adults. The disease causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract and other parts of the body, resulting in persistent lung infections and to the loss of lung function. There is no cure for cystic fibrosis and it is estimated that one in every 3,600 children born in Canada has the


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