A young student has taken the risk to test a new medical solution for cystic fibrosis.
Queensland University student Burow’s Solution will allow patients to obtain cystic Fibrosis medicines from a prescription list, even without being in a hospital.
The patient, aged 21, will use the drug to treat their symptoms and then wait a week or so to be sent home.
Dr David Sato, the chief medical officer of Queensland Health, said there were currently no drugs available to treat CF.
“I think it’s one of the great things about CF is there are so many options and we’re still not quite sure what the right way is to go about managing this condition,” he said.
“We’re trying to make sure that our healthcare system is providing all the appropriate care and support that’s needed, and it’s been a real challenge to find the right solutions for this.”
Dr Sato said patients would be able to purchase drugs from pharmacies or at their local pharmacy for around $50.
The student, who will now receive the drug from his GP, will be able use the medication in the privacy of his own home.
Dr Satello said the students treatment would be funded by the Queensland Government, and would be delivered by Queensland Hospital.
“We are making this very, very challenging for them and our patients,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane.
It’s a real shame that we don’t have the options that are available in the market to help these people, he said, adding it was time to bring the drug into the 21st century.
“This will be the first time we have seen the results of a patient taking a drug through this,” he added.
A CF treatment pill is used to treat patients with CF, which is caused by the virus causing mutations to the genes in the body.
Drugs can be purchased online or from pharmacies, or prescription medicines from hospitals.
CFS patients typically have to travel to a specialist hospital, and then receive their treatment in their own home, or at home.
The student said he was keen to test the drug.
He was looking forward to being able to do this, he told the ABC.
“It will be great to go back and tell my family I did it and they can be proud,” he joked.
However, the patient said he would not be comfortable with taking the drug in public.
Qantas confirmed the drug was being distributed through its network, but declined to comment further.
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