Join the campaign rally near Vertex HQ
Join our campaign rally from 11am-2pm at the Sheldon Square Amphitheatre, near Vertex Pharmaceuticals HQ in Paddington, London, where we will be calling for the company and heath ministers across the UK to do a deal to make these drugs immediately available on the NHS to the people who desperately need them throughout the UK.
Please dress in yellow on the day. Materials will be provided, and more information about the rally will be shared next week.
We regret that due to the risks of cross-infection people with cystic fibrosis will be unable to attend this campaign rally. Please tweet your support on the day and tell @VertexPharma that we need #LifeSavingDrugsNow
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This month the Scottish Medicine Consortium (SMC) was unable to recommend the routine use of Orkambi and Symkevi on the NHS in Scotland, adding that the company had failed to justify the price they were offering.
This will come as a disappointment to people with CF and their families, not just in Scotland, but across the UK, where it was hoped this decision would demonstrate to the other three nations that a deal can be done.
Both the Scottish Government and Vertex Pharmaceuticals made statements on Monday 12 August 2019, confirming that talks to make the drugs available as widely as possible are continuing.
Further talks will, however, provide no comfort or confidence to people with CF and their families who have been forced to wait nearly four years for access to life-saving drugs.
“While talk of further negotiation between Vertex Pharmaceuticals and the Scottish Government is positive, people living in Scotland need these life-saving drugs now. The tragic wait has to end and now is the time for the Scottish Government to remain committed and Vertex to do all they can to ensure that this chance does not slip away again.” David Ramsden, Trust Chief Executive.
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