What is RECOVER?
RECOVER (Real World Clinical Outcomes with Novel Modulator Therapy Combinations in People with CF) is a new research study that aims to look at the ‘real world’ impact of the new triple combination modulator (TCM), Kaftrio, in people with CF.
Why do we need to do this study?
Although clinical trials have proven that triple combination therapy is very effective for specific groups of people with CF, clinical trials are very controlled and highly monitored studies. Often things can be different in the everyday life, so it is really important to look at this also to prove that new medicines are effective. In addition, clinical trials look at a limited number of aspects of health outcomes, but in real world studies we have an opportunity to look at a wider array of outcomes that are important to people with CF.
Why is this study important?
New medications such as Kaftrio involve a significant investment on behalf of the state, and it is really important to be able to prove that the treatment is beneficial and value for money. Real world studies like RECOVER help to gather this information. Nowadays there are lots of new expensive therapies for rare diseases, all competing for limited health budgets. Providing high quality evidence for CF treatments will help us to maximise the likelihood of these treatments being funded now and into the future for people with CF.
What does RECOVER involve?
RECOVER will collect information both on routine outcomes already collected as part of standard care, such as lung function, infections, nutrition etc. but also novel and uncommonly used outcome measures. We will employ detailed measures of lung health such as lung clearance index (LCI), CT scans, exhaled nitric oxide and sputum inflammation. Abdominal complaints are common in CF – we will measure abdominal symptoms, bowel inflammation, pancreatic status and markers of liver disease. We want to also examine how people with CF remember to take TCM, and all other CF medicines after TCM has been started. Other aspects of RECOVER include looking at nasal inflammation, quality of life and how different genes might affect how different people respond to these new therapies.
Where is RECOVER taking place?
RECOVER is a truly international study. Funding for RECOVER comes predominantly from the US CF Foundation, with co-funding from CF Ireland and the UK CF Trust. The clinical sites for RECOVER are in Ireland and the UK (adult and paediatric), and we are working with collaborators across the UK and Ireland, Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. RECOVER does not have any relationship with Vertex Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the TCM medication.
Who is involved?
RECOVER involves a team of leading CF specialists, scientists, data experts and representatives of people with CF. The team is lead by Paul McNally (Dublin) and Jane Davies (London), both pediatricians looking after people with CF. The team includes consultants in each of the clinical sites
Where do I get more information?
You can get more information about RECOVER by asking your CF nurse or consultant. The research team at your centre and one of the CF consultants are involved in the study and have more information. There are information leaflets for adults, parents of children, adolescents and young children.
Additionally, for further information and/or queries please contact us at info@RECOVERCF.ie