FDA Approves Expanded Use of Orkambi in Young Cystic Fibrosis Patients

Orkambi pic
Orkambi
Image: investors.vrtx.com

A physician and surgeon focused on ear, nose, and throat issues, Dr. William B. Clark treats patients through ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, a practice he owns. Outside of his professional life, Dr. William B. Clark has provided support to various nonprofit organizations, including those working to fight cystic fibrosis.

An additional 2,400 children who have cystic fibrosis now have a new treatment option available to them. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently gave its approval for the expanded use of Orkambi, also known as lumacaftor/ivacaftor, for children age 6 to 11 who have two copies of gene mutation F508del. Factoring in this new cohort, nearly 11,000 children in the country are now eligible to be treated with the drug.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals is behind the drug’s development, which was aided by considerable funding and support from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The company is currently in the third phase of a clinical trial that it hopes will allow for the use of the drug by patients from 2 to 5 years old.

Advertisements

Published by

drwilliambclark

Dr. William B. Clark of Pensacola, Florida, commands nearly three decades of experience as a medical practitioner with specialized training in ear, nose, and throat (ENT) treatments for adults and children. As the owner and lead physician of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida since 1991, Dr. Clark oversees the day-to-day administration and patient care for a busy Pensacola clinic. Prior to opening his private practice, Dr. William B. Clark completed his medical training at The University of Tennessee College of Medicine and served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. After completing his undergraduate work at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, and joining the military in 1978, Dr. William B. Clark went on to earn his M.D. from The University of Tennessee in 1982. He followed this up with a yearlong medical internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in California and then a four-year residency in otolaryngology at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. During the course of his military career, Dr. Clark served as a Battalion Surgeon at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and the Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Naval Hospital Orlando. In 1991, Dr. Clark, a Navy Lieutenant commander at the time, received his honorable discharge and entered into private practice. Throughout his career, Dr. William B. Clark has kept his training and technical knowledge up to date through memberships in regional and national professional medical societies. He currently holds membership in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American and Florida Medical Associations, and the Escambia County Medical Society. A family man and philanthropist, Dr. Clark spends his free time with his wife and three children and contributing hours and resources to the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s