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WATCH: Matthews brushes aside suggestions of premature drug coverage claims
Health Minister questioned about promises made to help 12-year-old girl during election campaign
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The province's health minister stresses that when she talked to Madi Vanstone's mother, there was an agreement in place that would see OHIP coverage for her cystic fibrosis drug.

The 12-year-old relies on the drug to lead an active life. The only problem: it costs over $300,000 a year.

There were questions in the election campaign about Deb Matthews' claim to the Vanstone family that Kalydeco would be covered in "a matter of weeks."

Matthews says she made the statement after a meeting between the drug company and deputy ministers across the country. She says it's unfortunate the situation got "politically torqued."

She says it will still take a few more weeks for Madi to get the OHIP coverage.

The company that makes the drug announced last night that it has reached a pricing agreement with provincial and territorial governments.

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The province's health minister stresses that when she talked to Madi Vanstone's mother, there was an agreement in place that would see OHIP coverage for her cystic fibrosis drug.

The 12-year-old relies on the drug to lead an active life. The only problem: it costs over $300,000 a year.

There were questions in the election campaign about Deb Matthews' claim to the Vanstone family that Kalydeco would be covered in "a matter of weeks."

Matthews says she made the statement after a meeting between the drug company and deputy ministers across the country. She says it's unfortunate the situation got "politically torqued."

She says it will still take a few more weeks for Madi to get the OHIP coverage.

The company that makes the drug announced last night that it has reached a pricing agreement with provincial and territorial governments.

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