June 20, 2014 4:08 pm

Young girl with cystic fibrosis will have drug paid for by OHIP

Madi Vanstone (right) and her mother Beth (left) speak to reporters at Queen's Park on March 3, 2014.

Global News

TORONTO – Madi Vanstone, the young girl who suffers from a rare form of cystic fibrosis, will have her drug treatment covered by government health insurance.

Beth Vanstone, Madi’s mother, confirmed to Global News Friday she received a call from the ministry of health earlier in the day to let her know the drug treatment, Kalydeco, will be covered by OHIP.

The drug treatment costs approximately $300,000 each year.

The Vanstone family had been paying for the drug with the help of donations and had urged Premier Kathleen Wynne to find a way for the drug to be covered by OHIP.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. – the company that manufactures the drug – recently reached a deal with several provinces that enabled provincial health insurance to cover the cost.

Vertex says about 100 Canadians with cystic fibrosis are candidates for Kalydeco.

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