Author Archives: Marisa Wexler MS

Adults With CF Can Connect at BreatheCon

A two-day virtual event called BreatheCon will offer adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) an opportunity to connect and share their experiences through open and honest dialogue. Registration for the Sept. 24–25 event, which is hosted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, is free online. “CF can be extremely…

ELX-02, Potential CF Nonsense Mutation Therapy, on FDA Fast Track

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given fast track designation to ELX-02, an investigational treatment for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) caused by nonsense mutations. This FDA designation aims to speed the development and regulatory review of potential treatments for serious or life-threatening diseases with an unmet medical…

Relizorb Will Be Covered by Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a local coverage determination confirming that Relizorb — an enzyme cartridge to help in digestion for cystic fibrosis (CF) patients receiving their nutrition through enteral feeding — will be covered by Medicare.

Study: Use Lung Clearance Index to Measure Function

An assessment called the lung clearance index could be used to help identify people with cystic fibrosis (CF) who are at high risk for worsening lung function, a study has found. The study reported on factors associated with a worsening lung clearance index (LCI) over time in CF patients,…

Kalydeco Approved in Canada to Treat Infants 4 Months and Older

Health Canada has extended the use of Kalydeco (ivacaftor) to treat babies, starting at 4 months old, who have cystic fibrosis (CF) caused by certain mutations. The specific gating mutations covered are: G551D, G1244E, G1349D, G178R, G551S, S1251N, S1255P, S549N, and S549R. Kalydeco, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, was previously approved in…

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The Benefits of Being Sick

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As columnist Lara Govendo reflects on her journey through CF and transplant, she realizes there are a surprising number of benefits.

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