Improving Patient Outcomes in the
Treatment and Management of Cystic Fibrosis: What's New in CFTR
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Cystic fibrosis (CF), also known as mucoviscidosis, is an autosomal
recessive, genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs but also
the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and intestine. caused by the presence
of mutations in both copies of the gene for the protein cystic
fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). Those with a
single working copy are carriers and otherwise mostly normal. CFTR
is involved in production of sweat, digestive fluids, and mucus.
When CFTR is not functional, secretions which are usually thin
instead become thick. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,
about 30,000 people are currently living with cystic fibrosis, and
approximately 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year. There
is no cure for cystic fibrosis, but recent treatment breakthroughs
have the ability to provide a greater quality of life and improved
outcomes for patients with CF. The condition is diagnosed by a sweat
test and genetic testing and screening of infants at birth takes
place in some areas of the world.
Long-term issues include difficulty breathing and coughing up sputum
as a result of frequent lung infections. Other symptoms include
sinus infections, poor growth, fatty stool, clubbing of the finger
and toes, and infertility in males among others. The degrees of
symptoms vary among patients and fortunately, for about half of CF
patients, new treatments have become available for those who have
two copies of the F508del mutation in their CFTR gene. This newer
CFTR modulation therapeutic focuses on counteracting the damage
caused by the disease, enabling patients to breath more easily and
stay out of the hospital, improving outcomes and quality of life.
This option is a major breakthrough in CF management, because it is
the first therapy that specifically targets an important genetic
mutation. Additionally, There has been new data presented in recent
months in the cystic fibrosis arena, especially as it relates to
Upon completion of this
activity, participants will be able to:
Compare and contrast current and
emerging CFTR-based therapeutic options, including combination
therapies, in terms of efficacy, safety, and clinical potential
to improve pulmonary and non-pulmonary outcomes of patients with
Examine the role of newer
combination CFTR modulator therapies and discuss ways to
integrate them into the evolving treatment paradigm
Describe challenges and
opportunities in CF disease management, including quality of
life and total cost of care
Explore recent clinical trial data
on emerging triple combination therapies and where they may fit
in cystic fibrosis management
Analyze the importance of newborn
screening, accurate diagnosis, genomic evaluation, and early
pharmacologic intervention in the management of cystic fibrosis
Assess the managed care
considerations of CFTR modulator therapies by exploring where
these agents fit into an evolving cystic fibrosis management
||Gregory Sawicki, MD, MPH
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center
Boston Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
serves on an advisory board for Gilead and Vertex. His
presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
MD has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no relevant financial relationships
Will Williams has no relevant financial relationships to
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no relevant financial
relationships to disclose.
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