BRAUN: Vertex offers free cystic fibrosis meds if Canada will negotiate

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A maker of life-saving drugs has responded to an appeal from the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Treatment Society (CCFTS) to act on a humanitarian basis during the COVID-19 crisis. Vertex pharmaceuticals will immediately provide their medications — free — to every person in the country with cystic fibrosis during the 90-day negotiation period, if Canada just comes to the table. This emergency offer is the sixth time Vertex has approached the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA), which is the bureaucratic body charged with assessing drugs for public funding.