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Reposting: HFA & NHF Issue Joint Statement Regarding Shire Lawsuit Against Genentech/Roche

March 21, 2018

[Reposted from January 16, 2018] In the past few weeks, we have received many inquiries regarding the scope of the injunction Shire is seeking in its lawsuit against Genentech/Roche. Certain information has become public during this period that enables NHF and HFA to provide some limited guidance as to the scope of the injunction that […]

Infusing Love: Life’s Little Surprises

March 14, 2018

My family has very quiet about our family history with hemophilia. I was 2 years old when my grandfather passed away, so I knew very little about what he went through or what it meant to be a carrier, other than the result could be having a son with hemophilia. I was excited when we […]

FitFactor: Kick March Off Right with Balanced Meals

March 5, 2018

Not only is March Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month, but it has also been designated National Nutrition Month! Take this time to evaluate your current eating habits. How many healthy foods are you eating consistently? What are you lacking? Do you eat too much of one thing? There is always room for improvement when it comes […]

Dear Addy: Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month

March 5, 2018

Dear Addy, I’ve seen HFA’s Facebook posts about Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month. Can you tell me more about it and how I can get involved? Signed, Attentive Advocate Dear Attentive, For more than 30 years, the bleeding disorders community celebrated March as the unofficial Hemophilia Awareness Month. In 2016, this designation become official when the […]

Infusing Love: Talk With Your Children

February 28, 2018

Disclaimer: At HFA, we value all opinions. This blog only reflects only the opinion and experiences of the individual mother/writer. We encourage you to talk with your children about a school safety plan, and have provided a resource at the end of this blog entry. ________________________________________ Around 11 AM, on April 20, 1999, in Littleton, […]

Dear Addy: Bullied for Bruising

February 20, 2018

  Dear Addy, My eleven-year-old son recently shared that he’s being bullied at school because of bruising caused by his bleeding disorder. How can I help him educate his classmates about hemophilia and prevent future bullying? As much as I want to protect my son, I also know that I need to empower him to […]

Infusing Love: Am I a Carrier?

February 14, 2018

Does life ever make sense? Do we really know the answers to why things actually happen? Losing my daughter, Sydney, nine days shy of her second birthday due to SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in a Child), pretty much means there is no answer to why. But my family decided to welcome another child into the […]

FitFactor: Functional Training – Strengthen Joints and Muscles to Improve Everyday Movements

February 5, 2018

Functional training exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare you for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. By using basic movement patterns like pushing, pulling, squatting and carrying, you build stability, strength and mobility that will in turn help with your daily movements. […]

Dear Addy: Legislative Day Toolkit

February 5, 2018

Dear Addy, I’m participating in an Advocacy Day with my local bleeding disorders organization this month. I have limited experience with legislative advocacy and it’s been a long time since I took a civics class! Could you share insight on what to expect and how to prepare? Signed, Proactive Participant Dear Participant, This is a […]

Octapharma Support Enables Bombardier to Climb Mount Vinson, Becoming First Hemophiliac to Ascend the Seven Summits

January 24, 2018

Note: The following is an excerpt from a press release from Octapharma USA. Read the full press release here. Octapharma Partnership with Mountain Climber will Culminate with Release of Documentary Bombardier Blood Later This Year Mountain climber Chris Bombardier of Denver, Co., became the first hemophiliac to climb the Seven Summits of the world on […]

Infusing Love: Relating to ‘Wonder’

January 24, 2018

When I committed to writing this week’s blog, I had no idea what I would blog about until I went to see the movie ‘Wonder.’ Wonder is about a boy named Auggie who was born with a facial disease called mandibulofacial dystosis, also known as “Treacher Collins syndrome.” Due to Auggie’s medical needs, which require the […]

Hemophilia Puts Damper on Patients’ Sex Life and Health Status, Study Reports

January 23, 2018

Study Shows Sexual Intimacy Correlates With More Bleeds The following is an excerpt from Hemophilia News Today. Read the entire article here. Researchers report that hemophilia interferes with patients’ sexual activity and is linked to worse health status. The study titled “Sexual Health in Patients with Hemophilia; The Insights from the Patient Reported Outcomes, Burdens and Experiences […]

Dear Addy: Project CALLS 2018

January 19, 2018

Dear Addy, I’m already experiencing problems with my insurance in the new year. Where can I go to report these issues? Signed, New Year, Old Issues Dear New Year, You are not alone. HFA regularly hears from community members with concerns about access to care due to limitations or mandates set by their insurance company. […]

Infusing Love: Ayudando Nuestras Familias

January 16, 2018

Puerto Rico, Isla del encanto, conocida por sus bellas playas, gente amigable y amable, en donde se baila la mejor salsa y se degustan los mejores sabores caribeños. Arropada por el Mar Caribe y el Océano Atlántico. En donde se habla español y es un territorio ligado a Estados Unidos como Estado Libre Asociado y […]

Consolidated Postings Regarding Shire’s Lawsuit Against Genentech/Roche

January 16, 2018

In an effort to provide the hemophilia community a centralized location to find the most up-to-date statements and press releases regarding a recent injunction Shire is seeking in its lawsuit against Genentech/Roche, HFA will publish links on this page. As a reminder, HFA will NOT engage in the dialogue around patent ownership and will not be […]

Shire Provides Statement Regarding Lawsuit

January 16, 2018

Shire has published a statement regarding the ongoing lawsuit Shire has filed against Genentech/Roche. Read the full statement in its entirety here.    

HFA and NHF Issue Joint Statement Regarding Shire Lawsuit Against Genentech/Roche

January 12, 2018

In the past few weeks, we have received many inquiries regarding the scope of the injunction Shire is seeking in its lawsuit against Genentech/Roche.  Certain information has become public during this period that enables NHF and HFA to provide some limited guidance as to the scope of the injunction that Shire has requested from the […]

Genentech Provides Statement Regarding Patient Access to Hemlibra

January 11, 2018

Genentech has published a statement regarding patient access to Hemlibra (Emicizumab-kkwh). Read the full statement in its entirety here.  

Fit Factor: Inspiring Fitness Stories to Get You Going in 2018

January 9, 2018

Below, we’ll introduce you to three such people: Trevor Dunn, a young man with von Willebrand Disease, Dawn Evans, an adult woman who is asymptomatic carrier of Hemophilia A, and Barry Haarde, an adult male with severe Hemophilia A.  All of them have discovered a form of physical activity that is enjoyable and adaptable to […]

PSI Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

January 9, 2018

On January 9th, Patient Services, Inc. (PSI) filed a lawsuit against the Federal Government alleging that a 2017 Modified Advisory Opinion from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) violates their First Amendment rights. For more information, please see the press release from PSI.

Dear Addy: Accumulator Adjuster Programs

January 8, 2018

Dear Addy, I get assistance with my out-of-pocket costs from the manufacturer of my clotting factor product. My insurer just notified me that it will no longer apply that assistance to my deductible and out-of-pocket maximums! Can they do that? Signed, Distressed Over Deductibles Dear Deductibles, You are running up against a new strategy that […]

Infusing Love: Port to Adulthood

January 3, 2018

I have seen signs for the last few years, but on a cold day just before Christmas, I saw my 14-year-old son not as a little boy, but as a young man. There wasn’t anything extraordinary happening in the moment. He sat at one end of our sectional couch and I was sitting on the […]

Infusing Love: Different Opinions Don’t Mean They Are Wrong

December 27, 2017

“So, he’s still wearing the helmet?” The question, posed by HTC staff at our recent annual visit gave me pause. Yes, my son is almost 5 years old and still wearing his helmet any time his feet are on the floor. I know this is a controversial topic ­ I’ve seen the comment threads on […]

Dear Addy: Public Speaking

December 25, 2017

Dear Addy, I want to participate in a legislative day, but I’m a terrible public speaker. Help! Signed, Nervous Nelly Dear Nervous, You are not alone – many people worry about public speaking! Use these tips to help you become more confident and comfortable speaking during legislative meetings. Hopefully you’ll find this advice beneficial – […]

HFA Research Presents at ASH 2017

December 21, 2017

HFA’s Research Team gave and received early an holiday gift this year: knowledge. We attended the 59th annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in Atlanta, Georgia, December 9-12. The unofficial song of the meeting was “Let it Snow” as that (along with the once standing Georgia Dome) is what was on the […]

Infusing Love: In Appreciation of Providers

December 20, 2017

It is safe to say that most of hemophilia has been unexpected. Even when you are planning for the unexpected you get another unexpected in its place, sort of a Murphy’s Law type deal. And yet, I am always finding things about hemophilia that I never expected from our experience. One of the most profound […]

Fit Factor: Spice-Up Your Holiday Dessert Menu

December 19, 2017

Looking for a new healthy holiday dessert? This Applesauce Spice Cake has a delicious, spicy aroma and taste. It has less sugar and fat, and more fiber than most desserts. Treat it like a coffee cake to be served for brunch or for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dab of […]

uniQure Announces Updated, Long-Term Clinical Data from Ongoing Phase I/II Trial of AMT-060 In Patients with Severe Hemophilia B

December 15, 2017

  Note: The following is edited from a press release from Spark Therapeutics. Read the full press release in its entirety here. uniQure N.V. a leading gene therapy company advancing transformative therapies for patients with severe medical needs, announced on Dec. 11, 2017, updated results from its ongoing, dose-ranging Phase I/II trial of AMT-060, its investigational gene […]

BioMarin Provides 1.5 years of Clinical Data for Valoctocogene Roxaparvovec Gene Therapy for Severe Hemophilia A

December 15, 2017

Note: The following is edited from a press release from Spark Therapeutics. Read the full press release in its entirety here. BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. announced an update to its previously reported results of an open-label Phase 1/2 study of valoctocogene roxaparvovec (formerly BMN 270), an investigational gene therapy treatment for severe hemophilia A. The data […]

Spark Therapeutics and Pfizer Announce Longer-term Preliminary Data Showing Consistent and Sustained Factor IX Levels in Hemophilia B

December 15, 2017

Note: The following is edited from a press release from Spark Therapeutics. Read the full press release in its entirety here. Spark Therapeutics and Pfizer Inc. announced on Dec. 11, 2017, with a cumulative follow-up of more than 13 patient years of observation, all 11 participants in the ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial of investigational SPK-9001 for […]


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