Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

Story continues below

On February 12, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved SYMDEKOTM (tezacaftor/ivacaftor and ivacaftor) in patients with cystic fibrosis twelve years of age and older who have two copies of the F508del mutation in their cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator, or CFTR, gene, or who have at least one mutation that is responsive to tezacaftor/ivacaftor.

We have established a wholesale acquisition cost for SYMDEKO in the United States of $292,000 on an annual basis ($22,400 per 28-day pack).

We anticipate full-year 2018 total CF net product revenues of $2.65 to $2.80 billion from our three approved medicines – KALYDECO, ORKAMBI and SYMDEKO. The growth in 2018 is expected to be driven by an increased number of patients treated with Vertex's CF medicines, specifically from the launch of SYMDEKO in the U.S. and an increased number of patients treated with ORKAMBI outside of the U.S. We are reiterating that our combined GAAP research and development and sales, general, and administrative expenses in 2018 will be in the range of$1.80 to$1.95 billionand combined non-GAAP research and development and sales, general, and administrative expenses will be in the range of$1.50to$1.55 billion.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this Current Report on Form 8-K, our financial guidance is provided in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted inthe United States(GAAP) and using certain non-GAAP financial measures. In particular, non-GAAP financial guidance excludes (i) stock-based compensation expense, (ii) expenses related to business development transactions including collaboration agreements and asset acquisitions, (iii) expenses related to consolidated variable interest entities and (iv) other adjustments. These results are provided as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP because management believes these non-GAAP financial measures help indicate underlying trends in our business, are important in comparing current results with prior period results and provide additional information regarding our financial position. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures to establish budgets and operational goals that are communicated internally and externally and to manage our business and to evaluate our performance. We adjust, where appropriate, for both revenues and expenses in order to reflect our operations. We provide guidance regarding product revenues in accordance with GAAP and provide guidance regarding combined research and development and sales, general, and administrative expenses on both a GAAP and a non-GAAP basis. The guidance regarding GAAP research and development expenses and sales, general and administrative expenses does not include estimates regarding expenses associated with any potential future business development activities.

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This report contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the guidance we are providing regarding 2018 expenses and total CF net product revenues. While we believe the forward-looking statements contained in this report are accurate, these forward-looking statements represent our beliefs only as of the date of this report and there are a number of factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. Those risks and uncertainties include, among other things, that expectations regarding our 2018 expenses and CF net product revenues may be incorrect (including because one or more of the assumptions underlying our expectations may not be realized) and other risks listed under Risk Factors in our annual report and quarterly reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available through our website at We disclaim any obligation to update the information contained in this report as new information becomes available.

SEC Information

The information set forth in this Item 7.01 shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liability of that section, and shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document filed under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.


Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated is engaged in the business of discovering, developing, manufacturing and commercializing medicines for serious diseases. The Company operates in pharmaceuticals segment. Its business is focused on developing and commercializing therapies for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) and advancing its research and development programs in other indications. Its marketed medicines are ORKAMBI and KALYDECO, which are approved to treat patients with CF having specific mutations in their CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. It has multiple development programs in the field of CF, including VX-661, VX-371, and VX-152 and VX-440. It is engaged in various other research and mid- and early-stage development programs, such as programs in the areas of oncology, pain and neurology. Its oncology drug candidates include VX-970, VX-803 and VX-984; pain drug candidates include VX-150 and VX-241, and acute spinal cord injury drug candidate include VX-210.

An ad to help with our costs