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Barretstown camper Katie Mai (5), with her brothers  Charlie (7) and Jack (9)  with Katharine Jensen, head of corporate responsibility and executive director of the Vertex Foundation (2nd left) and Barretstown chief executive Dee Ahearn, Photograph: Jason Clarke

Vertex, the US pharmaceutical company whose Orkambi has been a breakthrough drug for Irish cystic fibrosis patients, is donating €250,000 to Barretst(...)

The drug Orkambi, made by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, was approved for use in the Republic after a campaign by people with Cystic Fibrosis  and their families. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi has delivered a healthy return for the Irish arm of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Sales jumped 71 per cent at the group last y(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: due to budgetary constraints, many drugs are likely to be frozen out of the Irish market. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

The full cost of the Government decision to approve cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi is beginning to be felt by the health service and patients less than (...)

Cystic fibrosis sufferer and campaigner Jillian McNulty with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin outside the Dáil after it was announced that the HSE had reached a deal on the provision of Orkambi. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Whenever the Government spends money on something it should improve people’s lives. From education to the justice system, building infrastructure to h(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris at the beginning of construction of the new children’s hospital at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Minister for Health has said he does not agree with a new practice that will see the Cabinet deciding on pleas for financial support for expensive(...)