Cystic fibrosis (CF) patients can now get a “life-transforming” treatment on the NHS in England.
Nine in 10 people with the genetic condition – more than 7,000 in England – could benefit from the three-drug combination called Kaftrio, say experts.
NHS boss Sir Simon Stevens said a landmark deal had been made with Vertex Pharmaceuticals which makes the drug.
The deal does not apply to the NHS in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Children under the age of 12 will not be able to access the treatment either because the European licence does not permit this.
Alexandra Andrews, 45 and from Nottingham, who was able to start the treatment on compassionate grounds ahead of the announcement, called it “amazing”.
She has been taking it twice