Ver­tex’s fight club rule: Block new treat­ments to cys­tic fi­bro­sis pa­tients un­til Orkam­bi is re­im­bursed prop­er­ly

The bare-knuck­le brawl be­tween Ver­tex’s ex­ec­u­tive crew and NICE has now ex­tend­ed to its new cys­tic fi­bro­sis com­bo Symke­vi — match­ing teza­caftor and iva­caftor. 

Late last week the British drug price reg­u­la­tor put out word that it was halt­ing its ap­praisal of Symke­vi — sold in the US as Symdeko — be­cause Ver­tex “has not pro­vid­ed an ev­i­dence sub­mis­sion for this ap­praisal.”

A meet­ing planned for No­vem­ber 8, as a re­sult, has been can­celled.

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