Susan's Transplant Video is on You Tube

Susan Burroughs, the Founder of Cystic Fibrosis-Reaching Out Foundation has now put her transplant video on You Tube. To see the video please go to and search "Susan Burroughs".

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Important new inhaled antibiotic approved for CF!!!

We have a new antibiotic in the arsenal to help fight the life-threatening infections associated with cystic fibrosis.

The FDA approved an important new inhaled antibiotic called Cayston® (aztreonam for inhalation solution) for the treatment of CF. The drug was made possible by significant support from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, including an early $1 million investment to help develop the therapy.

Developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc., Cayston offers a much-needed antibiotic alternative for CF patients who battle recurrent lung infections and develop resistance to existing antibiotics.

Cayston is administered with a new device called Altera that allows patients to take the medicine in less than five minutes, a fraction of the time required for other inhaled antibiotics.

This shortened delivery time reduces the burden on patients, who -- on average -- have a treatment regimen of three to four hours per day.

Cayston will be available by the end of next week. Patients interested in learning more about Cayston should consult their physicians.

The approval of Cayston demonstrates that our drug development model, fueled by donors and volunteers like you, is working and making a real difference in the lives of people with cystic fibrosis.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) can help Cystic Fibrosis Carriers to have Healthy Children!

When both members of a couple are carriers of a cystic fibrosis mutation, there is a 1 in 4 chance that any child they have will be affected with cystic fibrosis, and a 1 in 2 chance that the child will be a carrier. New reproductive technology can help parents dramatically improve their odds of giving birth to a healthy child.

The specific reproductive technology aforementioned is called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). This is an IVF procedure in which embryos are genetically tested before implantation into the uterus, allowing the selection and transfer of unaffected embryos which do not have the specific genetic condition of concern. Reproductive Biology Associates (RBA) offers PGD for individuals and families who are carriers of CF, or who have a history of CF, as well as for patients of advanced maternal age, or histories of other single gene disorders.

PGD offers a couple an alternative to agonizing over whether to terminate an affected pregnancy after prenatal diagnosis is made following amniocentesis or Chorionic villa sampling (CVS) at later stages of gestation. Since PGD is not 100% reliable and only tests for specific defects, parents should consider other prenatal genetic tests, such as amniocentesis or CVS, to confirm results.

To learn more about PGD and whether this might be an appropriate option for your family, contact RBA at 1-404-257-1900, or visit our website at We have locations in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Lawrenceville, and Fayetteville. For specific questions about the genetics of PGD, or to discuss whether this might be appropriate for your individual situation, please contact our full-time genetic counselor at