A Yukon teenager with cystic fibrosis will receive an expensive life-saving drug after the manufacturer agreed to cover the cost.
Larissa Rueckenbach, 13, has a rare type of cystic fibrosis. Health Canada recently approved a drug called Kalydeco to treat her form of the disease, but a year's worth of treatment would cost $349,000.
Kalydeco is not yet covered under the Yukon Health Plan, as the provinces and territories are negotiating with the manufacturer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, to lower the price.
"He called and he said he's got some awesome good news," she said. "Larissa will be able to get on the compassionate care program and she will shortly be able to start Kalydeco."
Rueckenbach says this was the third time Larissa's doctors applied for the program. Under the Compassionate Care Program, the drug company covers the cost for people in critical condition. Rueckenbach says her daughter will be on the drug in a couple of weeks.