Treatments for cystic fibrosis (CF) are constantly evolving, making a huge difference for those who live with the disease. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, these are five of the most important discoveries for cystic fibrosis patients:
Creon has come a long way in recent years; the important enzyme is necessary to help those with CF absorb nutrients from their food but it hasn’t always been available in the capsule form it is today. Many older people with CF will remember having to sprinkle Creon powder directly onto their food, which both tasted and smelled terrible. The first Creon capsules led to many people experiencing painful burning as it went down the esophagus. Over the years, it’s been refined so that fewer capsules are needed and an improved coating ensures that it stays intact until it reaches the stomach.
It was first discovered that the drug tobramycin was able to treat pseudomonas during a 1976 study at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, Scotland. By the 1980s, the drug was being administered in IV form and then via nebulizers. Over the years, scientists have come up with formulas that reduce the number of times the drug needs to be taken, thus reducing the risk of some of the side effects associated with the treatment such as loss of hearing.