Author Archives: Steve Bryson PhD

Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria in Fish Treated by Adding Phage Therapy

Scientists using phage therapy — specifically a bacteriophage they dubbed “Muddy” — successfully treated an infection by an antibiotic-resistant strain of Mycobacterium abscessus bacteria in a zebrafish model of cystic fibrosis (CF). For five days, the team treated the zebrafish, which were infected with M. abscessus, a lung-damaging bacteria…

Public Reimbursement of Trikafta Nears in Canada

Vertex Pharmaceuticals has signed a letter of intent with the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA), which is an agreement in principle to extend public reimbursement to Trikafta, a triple-combination therapy for eligible cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. The extension adds to the letter of intent (LOI) with the pCPA for…

Researchers Explore Trikafta in Younger Patients

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital Colorado Breathing Institute are participating in four new studies to evaluate the long-term impact of Trikafta (elexacaftor, tezacaftor, and ivacaftor) in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) ages 6 and older, its effectiveness in infants and children younger than 6, and to find alternative…

Vertex Planning Phase 3 Trials in New Triple Combo Therapy for CF

Vertex Pharmaceuticals is initiating two Phase 3 clinical trials into the safety and efficacy of a potentially new, next-generation triple combination therapy for cystic fibrosis (CF): VX-121 plus tezacaftor and VX-561 (deutivacaftor). Expected to begin later this year, the development program will compare this once-daily therapy with Vertex’s…

Airway Inflammation Affects pH, Response to CFTR Therapies

Inflammation in the airways of people with cystic fibrosis (CF) regulates the pH of the surface liquid and increases the response to approved CFTR modulators, a cell-based study suggested. Airway inflammation may be a key determinant in response to CF medicines, the researchers noted. “To advance personalized CFTR…

Vertex CF Treatments Opening to Eligible Patients in France and Italy 

Vertex Pharmaceuticals has reached reimbursement agreements with health authorities in France and Italy for its various cystic fibrosis (CF) treatments, including Kaftrio (ivacaftor/tezacaftor/elexacaftor), a next-generation therapy approved for use with ivacaftor. With these agreements — which bring the treatments into each country’s public health program — about 3,000 CF patients…


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What It’s Like to Have a Family Member in the ICU

Main graphic for "Safe and Sound," Cystic Fibrosis News Today, by columnist Shelby Dell
Five years after her brother, Bradley, fought for his life in the ICU, columnist Shelby Dell reflects on how his hospitalization affected her.

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