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Minister for Health, Simon Harris, says he is hopeful of bringing talks on the Orkambi drug to a close “within the next few weeks.”

“This will be the most expensive drug we have ever purchased in the history of the State and we do not want to have a situation in the future where any Health Minister now or into the future finds themselves back at the negotiating table, negotiating for further iterations of this drug. “I want to make sure that we have 10 years of certainty in relation to these Cystic Fibrosis drugs and I want to bring a conclusion to this within the next couple of weeks”.

Mr Harris’ latest statement on RTÉ’s ‘The Week in Politics’ programme will come as a relief to the 1,200 people living with Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland. The Minister has been placed under increasing pressure to make a deal with the manufacturer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, over the expensive miracle drug (estimated to cost €159,000 per patient).