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Vertex offers several cystic fibrosis (CF) treatment options for patients of certain ages with specific CF gene mutations. Not everyone with CF is eligible for a Vertex treatment option. Select an age range and CF gene mutation to see if one of our approved medicines may be an option for you or your loved one.

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What is ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor)?

ORKAMBI is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients age 2 years and older who have two copies of the F508del mutation (F508del/F508del) in their CFTR gene.

ORKAMBI should not be used in patients other than those who have two copies of the F508del mutation in their CFTR gene.

It is not known if ORKAMBI is safe and effective in children under 2 years of age.

Important Safety Information

Do not take ORKAMBI ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) if you take certain medicines or herbal supplements, such as:

  • antibiotics: rifampin (Rifamate®, Rifater®) or rifabutin (Mycobutin®)
  • seizure medicines: phenobarbital, carbamazepine (Tegretol®, Carbatrol®, and Equetro®), or phenytoin (Dilantin®, Phenytek®)
  • sedatives and anti-anxiety medicines: triazolam (Halcion®) or midazolam (Dormicum®, Hypnovel®, and Versed®)
  • immunosuppressant medicines: cyclosporine, everolimus (Zortress®), sirolimus (Rapamune®), or tacrolimus (Astagraf XL®, Envarsus XR®, Prograf®, and Protopic®)
  • St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Talk to your doctor before taking ORKAMBI if you take any of the medicines or supplements listed above.

Before you take ORKAMBI, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have or have had liver problems
  • have had an organ transplant
  • have kidney problems
  • are using birth control (hormonal contraceptives, including oral, injectable, transdermal, or implantable forms). Hormonal contraceptives should not be used as a method of birth control when taking ORKAMBI. Talk to your doctor about the best birth control method you should use while taking ORKAMBI
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if ORKAMBI will harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take ORKAMBI while you are pregnant
  • are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known if ORKAMBI passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take ORKAMBI while you are breastfeeding

ORKAMBI may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how ORKAMBI works.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, because the dose of ORKAMBI may need to be adjusted when taken with certain medicines.

Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • antifungal medicines including ketoconazole (such as Nizoral®), itraconazole (such as Sporanox®), posaconazole (such as Noxafil®), or voriconazole (such as Vfend®)
  • antibiotics including telithromycin (such as Ketek®), clarithromycin (such as Biaxin®), or erythromycin (such as Ery-Tab®)

Tell your doctor if you stop ORKAMBI for more than 1 week. Your doctor may need to change your dose of ORKAMBI or other medicines you take.

What are the possible side effects of ORKAMBI?

ORKAMBI can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Worsening of liver function in people with severe liver disease. The worsening of liver function can be serious or cause death. Talk to your doctor if you have been told you have liver disease as your doctor may need to adjust the dose of ORKAMBI.
  • High liver enzymes in the blood, which can be a sign of liver injury in people receiving ORKAMBI. Your doctor will do blood tests to check your liver:
    • before you start ORKAMBI
    • every 3 months during your first year of taking ORKAMBI
    • every year while you are taking ORKAMBI
    Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms of liver problems:
    • pain or discomfort in the upper right stomach (abdominal) area
    • yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes
    • loss of appetite
    • nausea or vomiting
    • dark, amber-colored urine
    • confusion
  • Breathing problems such as shortness of breath or chest tightness in patients when starting ORKAMBI, especially in patients who have poor lung function. If you have poor lung function, your doctor may monitor you more closely when you start ORKAMBI.
  • An increase in blood pressure in some people receiving ORKAMBI. Your doctor should monitor your blood pressure during treatment with ORKAMBI.
  • Abnormality of the eye lens (cataract) in some children and adolescents receiving ORKAMBI. If you are a child or adolescent, your doctor should perform eye examinations before and during treatment with ORKAMBI to look for cataracts.

The most common side effects of ORKAMBI include:

  • breathing problems such as shortness of breath and chest tightness
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • increase in a certain blood enzyme called creatine phosphokinase
  • rash
  • gas
  • common cold, including sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • flu or flu-like symptoms
  • irregular, missed, or abnormal periods (menses) and increase in the amount of menstrual bleeding

Side effects seen in children are similar to those seen in adults and adolescents. Additional common side effects seen in children include:

  • cough with sputum
  • stuffy nose
  • headache
  • stomach pain
  • increase in sputum

These are not all the possible side effects of ORKAMBI. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.1-800-FDA-1088.

Click here for ORKAMBI full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.

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What is KALYDECO® (ivacaftor)?

KALYDECO is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients age 12 months and older who have at least one mutation in their CF gene that is responsive to KALYDECO.

Talk to your doctor to learn if you have an indicated CF gene mutation.

It is not known if KALYDECO is safe and effective in children under 12 months of age.

Mutations Responsive to KALYDECO

711+3A→G D110H F1052V G1349D R347H S977F
2789+5G→A D579G F1074L K1060T R352Q S1251N
3272-26A→G D1152H G178R L206W R1070Q S1255P
3849+10kbC→T D1270N G551D P67L R1070W
A455E E56K G551S R74W S549N
A1067T E193K G1069R R117C S549R
D110E E831X G1244E R117H S945L
711+3A→G E831X R117C
2789+5G→A F1052V R117H
3272-26A→G F1074L R347H
3849+10kbC→T G178R R352Q
A455E G551D R1070Q
A1067T G551S R1070W
D110E G1069R S549N
D110H G1244E S549R
D579G G1349D S945L
D1152H K1060T S977F
D1270N L206W S1251N
E56K P67L S1255P
E193K R74W

Important Safety Information

Who should not take KALYDECO?KALYDECO® (ivacaftor)?

Do not take KALYDECO if you take certain medicines or herbal supplements, such as:

  • the antibiotics rifampin (Rifamate®, Rifater®) or rifabutin (Mycobutin®)
  • seizure medicines such as phenobarbital, carbamazepine (Tegretol®, Carbatrol®, and Equetro®), or phenytoin (Dilantin®, Phenytek®)
  • St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Talk to your doctor before taking KALYDECO if you take any of the medicines or supplements listed above.

What should I tell my doctor before taking KALYDECO?

Before you take KALYDECO, tell your doctor if you:

  • have liver or kidney problems
  • drink grapefruit juice, or eat grapefruit or Seville oranges
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if KALYDECO will harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take KALYDECO while you are pregnant
  • are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known if KALYDECO passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take KALYDECO while you are breastfeeding

KALYDECO may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how KALYDECO works.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, as the dose of KALYDECO may need to be adjusted when taken with certain medications.

Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • antifungal medications such as ketoconazole (e.g., Nizoral®), itraconazole (e.g., Sporanox®), posaconazole (e.g., Noxafil®), voriconazole (e.g., Vfend®), or fluconazole (e.g., Diflucan®)
  • antibiotics such as telithromycin (e.g., Ketek®), clarithromycin (e.g., Biaxin®), or erythromycin (e.g., Ery-Tab®)

What should I avoid while taking KALYDECO?

  • KALYDECO can cause dizziness in some people who take it. Do not drive a car, use machinery, or do anything that needs you to be alert until you know how KALYDECO affects you
  • You should avoid food containing grapefruit or Seville oranges while you are taking KALYDECO

What are the possible side effects of KALYDECO?

KALYDECO can cause serious side effects.

High liver enzymes in the blood have been reported in patients receiving KALYDECO. Your doctor will do blood tests to check your liver:

  • before you start KALYDECO
  • every 3 months during your first year of taking KALYDECO
  • every year while you are taking KALYDECO

For patients who have had high liver enzymes in the past, the doctor may do blood tests to check the liver more often.

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms of liver problems:

  • pain or discomfort in the upper right stomach (abdominal) area
  • yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • dark, amber-colored urine

Abnormality of the eye lens (cataract) has been noted in some children and adolescents receiving KALYDECO. Your doctor should perform eye examinations prior to and during treatment with KALYDECO to look for cataracts.

The most common side effects include:

  • headache
  • upper respiratory tract infection (common cold), including sore throat, nasal or sinus congestion, runny nose
  • stomach (abdominal) pain
  • diarrhea
  • rash
  • nausea
  • dizziness

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of KALYDECO. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.1-800-FDA-1088.

Click here for KALYDECO full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.

+ More About KALYDECO
– Read Less
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Important Safety Information

Do not take ORKAMBI ORKAMBI® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) if you take certain medicines or herbal supplements, such as:

  • antibiotics: rifampin (Rifamate®, Rifater®) or rifabutin (Mycobutin®)
  • seizure medicines: phenobarbital, carbamazepine (Tegretol®, Carbatrol®, and Equetro®), or phenytoin (Dilantin®, Phenytek®)
  • sedatives and anti-anxiety medicines: triazolam (Halcion®) or midazolam (Dormicum®, Hypnovel®, and Versed®)
  • immunosuppressant medicines: cyclosporine, everolimus (Zortress®), sirolimus (Rapamune®), or tacrolimus (Astagraf XL®, Envarsus XR®, Prograf®, and Protopic®)
  • St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Talk to your doctor before taking ORKAMBI if you take any of the medicines or supplements listed above.

Before you take ORKAMBI, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have or have had liver problems
  • have had an organ transplant
  • have kidney problems
  • are using birth control (hormonal contraceptives, including oral, injectable, transdermal, or implantable forms). Hormonal contraceptives should not be used as a method of birth control when taking ORKAMBI. Talk to your doctor about the best birth control method you should use while taking ORKAMBI
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if ORKAMBI will harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take ORKAMBI while you are pregnant
  • are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known if ORKAMBI passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take ORKAMBI while you are breastfeeding

ORKAMBI may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how ORKAMBI works.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, because the dose of ORKAMBI may need to be adjusted when taken with certain medicines.

Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • antifungal medicines including ketoconazole (such as Nizoral®), itraconazole (such as Sporanox®), posaconazole (such as Noxafil®), or voriconazole (such as Vfend®)
  • antibiotics including telithromycin (such as Ketek®), clarithromycin (such as Biaxin®), or erythromycin (such as Ery-Tab®)

Tell your doctor if you stop ORKAMBI for more than 1 week. Your doctor may need to change your dose of ORKAMBI or other medicines you take.

What are the possible side effects of ORKAMBI?

ORKAMBI can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Worsening of liver function in people with severe liver disease. The worsening of liver function can be serious or cause death. Talk to your doctor if you have been told you have liver disease as your doctor may need to adjust the dose of ORKAMBI.
  • High liver enzymes in the blood, which can be a sign of liver injury in people receiving ORKAMBI. Your doctor will do blood tests to check your liver:
    • before you start ORKAMBI
    • every 3 months during your first year of taking ORKAMBI
    • every year while you are taking ORKAMBI
    Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms of liver problems:
    • pain or discomfort in the upper right stomach (abdominal) area
    • yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes
    • loss of appetite
    • nausea or vomiting
    • dark, amber-colored urine
    • confusion
  • Breathing problems such as shortness of breath or chest tightness in patients when starting ORKAMBI, especially in patients who have poor lung function. If you have poor lung function, your doctor may monitor you more closely when you start ORKAMBI.
  • An increase in blood pressure in some people receiving ORKAMBI. Your doctor should monitor your blood pressure during treatment with ORKAMBI.
  • Abnormality of the eye lens (cataract) in some children and adolescents receiving ORKAMBI. If you are a child or adolescent, your doctor should perform eye examinations before and during treatment with ORKAMBI to look for cataracts.

The most common side effects of ORKAMBI include:

  • breathing problems such as shortness of breath and chest tightness
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • increase in a certain blood enzyme called creatine phosphokinase
  • rash
  • gas
  • common cold, including sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • flu or flu-like symptoms
  • irregular, missed, or abnormal periods (menses) and increase in the amount of menstrual bleeding

Side effects seen in children are similar to those seen in adults and adolescents. Additional common side effects seen in children include:

  • cough with sputum
  • stuffy nose
  • headache
  • stomach pain
  • increase in sputum

These are not all the possible side effects of ORKAMBI. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.1-800-FDA-1088.

Click here for ORKAMBI full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.

Full View

Important Safety Information

Who should not take KALYDECO?KALYDECO® (ivacaftor)?

Do not take KALYDECO if you take certain medicines or herbal supplements, such as:

  • the antibiotics rifampin (Rifamate®, Rifater®) or rifabutin (Mycobutin®)
  • seizure medicines such as phenobarbital, carbamazepine (Tegretol®, Carbatrol®, and Equetro®), or phenytoin (Dilantin®, Phenytek®)
  • St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Talk to your doctor before taking KALYDECO if you take any of the medicines or supplements listed above.

What should I tell my doctor before taking KALYDECO?

Before you take KALYDECO, tell your doctor if you:

  • have liver or kidney problems
  • drink grapefruit juice, or eat grapefruit or Seville oranges
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if KALYDECO will harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take KALYDECO while you are pregnant
  • are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. It is not known if KALYDECO passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you will take KALYDECO while you are breastfeeding

KALYDECO may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how KALYDECO works.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, as the dose of KALYDECO may need to be adjusted when taken with certain medications.

Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • antifungal medications such as ketoconazole (e.g., Nizoral®), itraconazole (e.g., Sporanox®), posaconazole (e.g., Noxafil®), voriconazole (e.g., Vfend®), or fluconazole (e.g., Diflucan®)
  • antibiotics such as telithromycin (e.g., Ketek®), clarithromycin (e.g., Biaxin®), or erythromycin (e.g., Ery-Tab®)

What should I avoid while taking KALYDECO?

  • KALYDECO can cause dizziness in some people who take it. Do not drive a car, use machinery, or do anything that needs you to be alert until you know how KALYDECO affects you
  • You should avoid food containing grapefruit or Seville oranges while you are taking KALYDECO

What are the possible side effects of KALYDECO?

KALYDECO can cause serious side effects.

High liver enzymes in the blood have been reported in patients receiving KALYDECO. Your doctor will do blood tests to check your liver:

  • before you start KALYDECO
  • every 3 months during your first year of taking KALYDECO
  • every year while you are taking KALYDECO

For patients who have had high liver enzymes in the past, the doctor may do blood tests to check the liver more often.

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms of liver problems:

  • pain or discomfort in the upper right stomach (abdominal) area
  • yellowing of your skin or the white part of your eyes
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • dark, amber-colored urine

Abnormality of the eye lens (cataract) has been noted in some children and adolescents receiving KALYDECO. Your doctor should perform eye examinations prior to and during treatment with KALYDECO to look for cataracts.

The most common side effects include:

  • headache
  • upper respiratory tract infection (common cold), including sore throat, nasal or sinus congestion, runny nose
  • stomach (abdominal) pain
  • diarrhea
  • rash
  • nausea
  • dizziness

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of KALYDECO. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.1-800-FDA-1088.

Click here for KALYDECO full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.

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