Lumacaftor/ivacaftor combination for cystic fibrosis patients homozygous for Phe508del-CFTR

Drugs Today (Barc). 2016 Apr;52(4):229-37. doi: 10.1358/dot.2016.52.4.2467205.


Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-shortening inherited disease caused by the loss or dysfunction of the CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) channel activity resulting from mutations in the CFTR gene. Phe508del is the most prevalent mutation, with approximately 90% of all CF patients carrying it on at least one allele. Over the past two or three decades, significant progress has been made in understanding the pathogenesis of CF, and in the development of effective CF therapies. The approval of Orkambi® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) marks another milestone in CF therapeutics development, which, with the advent of personalized medicine, could potentially revolutionize CF care and management. This article reviews the rationale, progress and future direction in the development of lumacaftor/ivacaftor combination to treat CF patients homozygous for the Phe508del-CFTR mutation.

Keywords: CFTR; Cystic fibrosis; Lumacaftor/ivacaftor; Orkambi®; Phe508del.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aminophenols / administration & dosage*
  • Aminopyridines / administration & dosage*
  • Benzodioxoles / administration & dosage*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Cystic Fibrosis / drug therapy*
  • Cystic Fibrosis / genetics
  • Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator / genetics*
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Humans
  • Mutation*
  • Precision Medicine
  • Quinolones / administration & dosage*


  • Aminophenols
  • Aminopyridines
  • Benzodioxoles
  • Quinolones
  • Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator
  • ivacaftor
  • lumacaftor