Home Who we are News 5 October 2018 At the hospital Queensland research leads to new cystic fibrosis medication now available in Australia Hundreds of Australian children living with cystic fibrosis now have greater access to a life-changing medication thanks to an international collaboration in clinical trials, supported by Children’s Health Queensland’s respiratory physician Professor Claire Wainwright, whose research Fellowship was funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation. From 1 October 2018, Orkambi® became available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-long genetic condition that causes the body to produce abnormal amounts of thick, sticky mucous within the lungs, airways and digestive system. This leads to impairment of the digestive functions of the pancreas and traps bacteria in the lungs resulting in recurrent infections, and irreversible damage. There is currently no cure. Clinical trials have shown that Orkambi® can slow the rate of decline in lung function and reduce the number of infections in patients with CF, who have two copies of the F508del mutation, the most common form of CF in Australia. With the support of the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Prof Wainwright and her team continue to undertake research into new therapeutic approaches to improve the health outcomes of children with CF. “It’s very exciting that children with cystic fibrosis – who carry two copies of the F508del CTFR mutation in Australia will now have access to Orkambi®. This medicine can reduce the frequency of chesty episodes, and reduce the need for hospital admission. It also slows down the deterioration in the function of the lungs that is seen in people with CF over time, which is a great opportunity to see improved outcomes for children with CF,” Professor Claire Wainwright said. It is predicted that around 200 children with CF in Queensland, and approximately the same number of adults, will now have access to this potentially life-changing medicine. Each year around 80 babies with cystic fibrosis are born in Australia, about half have two copies of the f508del mutation. For more information about the PBS listing of Orkambi, click here. To find out more about research funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, please click here. chevron_leftPrevious article Share Next articlechevron_right Latest News & Events COVID-19 Update from the Children’s Hospital Foundation March 26, 2020 Read more Grants shine spotlight on Queensland women making a difference in child health research March 16, 2020 Read more Help more kids survive open-heart surgery February 25, 2020 Read more Subscribe for the latest news There is always something interesting happening in our world. Little wonders that happen every day. Miracles of science.Personal achievements of brave and beautiful young kids we will share with you in our enewsletter.