An Open Letter to the Cystic Fibrosis Community About COVID-19

Mar 18, 2020

An Open Letter to the Cystic Fibrosis Community About COVID-19

We are all facing serious challenges as a result of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We also know that a respiratory illness can be especially difficult for people living with cystic fibrosis (CF), because their lung function is often already compromised. At Vertex, the health and safety of the patients we serve, our employees and the communities in which we live and work are at the center of everything we do. This is true every day, not just in times of uncertainty.

As a company, we plan for the unexpected because we know that you’re counting on us. And we have taken steps to ensure a continuous supply of our medicines. This means that we are highly confident in our continued ability to supply our medicines to patients who rely on them every day.

For the patients with CF, their caregivers and families, staying healthy is the number one priority. Working to stay healthy while a situation like this is evolving is not easy and we encourage you to follow the advice of your health care provider as well as public health guidance, such as that from the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has also issued guidelines specifically for people who are at higher risk, and they recommend getting ready now in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. In addition, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has published FAQs that are intended to address key concerns they have heard from the CF community about COVID-19.

We are monitoring the situation very closely — by the day, hour and minute. As things evolve and change, we’re here to answer any questions you may have.

- If you’re a patient in the U.S. who is enrolled in Vertex GPS™: Guidance & Patient Support, please reach out to us at 1-877-752-5933 (press 2 to speak to a Patient Support Specialist). Our program remains open, fully operational and ready to support enrolled patients.

- If you’re a patient who is not currently enrolled in Vertex GPS™: Guidance & Patient Support, please contact your health care provider and then reach out to Vertex Global Medical Information. Visit https://www.vertexmedinfo.com to find contact information for your region.

- If you’re a health care professional, please reach out to Vertex Global Medical Information. Visit https://www.vertexmedinfo.com to find contact information for your region.

We are proud to be part of the CF community and we hope that you and your families stay healthy.

 

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