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New medication a 'game changer' for those with Cystic Fibrosis

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

For people born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), life is consumed with medication, treatments and hospital stays. 

For six-year-old Demi Bertrand, a new medication, Orkanbi, has been a game changer.

Orkanbi replaces a protein that regulates fluid in the lungs for those with CF.

Demi went from three breathing treatments a day to only one.

She also sleeps through the night and goes to school without waking up coughing and vomiting. 

The issue is, Orkanbi costs $251,000 per year before discounts.

Although Orkanbi does not cure the disease, it makes life for those suffering a whole lot easier.

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