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Hepatitis: Not Just For Men

I have severe factor 1 deficiency (afibrinogenemia) and have been Hepatitis C (HCV) positive since 1998. My source of infection was one of my many cryoprecipitate infusions (cryo being the only available treatment for anyone with factor 1 deficiency until 2009, and for me until November 2014). What makes me different than most people with […]

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Voluntary Withdrawals of Helixate FS & Kogenate FS

As part of HFA’s ongoing mission to assist and advocate for the bleeding disorders community, this medical news is being issued to keep you informed about product safety. About These Withdrawals CSL Behring is initiating a voluntarily recall of two lots of its hemophilia A drug Helixate FS containing active ingredient manufactured before November 2015. […]

Update #4: MASAC Issues Recommendation on SIPPET

On June 28, 2016, the National Hemophilia Foundation’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee (MASAC) issued a recommendation following the published results of the Survey of Inhibitors in Plasma Products Exposed Toddler (SIPPET) The SIPPET study was published in the New England Journal Of Medicine (NEJM) in May 2016. The full text of the SIPPET study is available for a […]

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Update #3: SIPPET Study Released

On May 26 2016, the New England Journal Of Medicine (NEJM) published the results of the Survey of Inhibitors in Plasma Products Exposed Toddler (SIPPET) study. Investigators found that in a randomized study, when previously-untreated patients (PUPs) were treated with recombinant factor VIII, there was an 87% higher incidence of inhibitor development than when treated with plasma-derived factor VIII. […]

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Gene Editing Removes HIV From Human T-Cells

Note: Scientific Reports released an article outlining the results of a study by researchers at Temple University offers promising new advancements toward a cure for HIV.  Using specialized gene-editing,  researchers were able to effectively and safely eliminate HIV-1 from the DNA of human T-cells. This study is especially promising in that there appear to be very little to no side […]

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Emicizumab Study Results Released in New England Journal of Medicine

Note: The New England Journal of Medicine released an article outlining the results of a study of a new drug, Emicizumab (ACE910, Chugai Pharmaceuticals), that shows reduced bleeding in patients with severe hemophilia A. Read the full article, Factor VIII–Mimetic Function of Humanized Bispecific Antibody in Hemophilia A, in the New England Journal of Medicine. This video […]

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention designated the month of May as Hepatitis Awareness Month to bring awareness and attention to those living with viral hepatitis. In the 1980s and 1990s, thousands of people with hemophilia contracted HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) from the contaminated blood supply transmitted by clotting factorproducts. […]

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CDC Releases New Recommendations for Opioid Prescriptions for Chronic Pain

Note: The following is an edited form of a press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The original form of the release can be read here. To read more about pain issues in the hemophilia community, please visit these resources from HFA: Opioids, Addiction, & Bleeding Disorders Pain Toolkit Webinar: Ouch! […]

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Zika Virus and the Blood Supply

We’ve recently received questions from the bleeding disorders community about the Zika Virus and the possibility of transmission via the blood supply. Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes, the same mosquitoes that spread Chikungunya and dengue. HFA has been in contact with the Centers of Diseases and Control (CDC) and […]

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New Gene Therapy Treatment Proves Effective In Dogs

Note: The following is an edited form of a press release from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The original release can be read here. A single injection. That’s all someone with a factor VII deficiency would need for a life-long cure, thanks to a new gene therapy treatment developed in a collaboration of […]

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