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Alnylam & Sanofi Genzyme Report Positive Results from Ongoing Phase 2 Study with Investigational RNAi Therapeutic Fitusiran in Patients with Hemophilia A and B With or Without Inhibitors

July 10, 2017

Note: The following is an edited version of a press release from Alnylam. Read the press release from Alnylam in it’s entirety here. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi Genzyme, announced today new positive results from the ongoing Phase 2 open-label extension study with fitusiran in patients with hemophilia A and B, with or without inhibitors. These results were presented today […]

Shire Gets Injunction Against Roche Over Emicizumab

July 10, 2017

Note: The following is an excerpt from a Reuters news article. Read the article in full here. Pharmaceutical group Shire said on Sunday it had obtained a preliminary injunction in a Hamburg court against rival Roche over its hemophilia drug emicizumab, alleging incomplete and misleading statements surrounding the treatment. Roche said in an emailed statement it […]

New England Journal of Medicine Publishes Articles in Conjunction with ISTH 2017

July 10, 2017

The New England Journal of Medicine has published two articles and an editioral in conjunction with the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis meeting being held in Berlin, Germany, July 8-13, 2017. The articles include information on novel hemophilia treatment products currently in clinical trial. Click on the links below to read the articles in […]

Genentech Announces Positive Phase III Results for Emicizumab at ISTH 2017

July 10, 2017

Note: The following is an edited version of a press release from Genentech. Read the press release from Genentech in it’s entirety here. Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced today that data from HAVEN 1, a Phase III study evaluating once-weekly subcutaneous emicizumab prophylaxis (preventative) in adults and adolescents with hemophilia A with inhibitors, were published […]

Dear Addy: Hematology Visit

July 10, 2017

Dear Addy, I often become flustered when I visit my hematologist, despite having lots of questions. Can you offer guidance on how to prepare for my visit so I get my questions answered? Signed, Stressed by Appointment Dear Stressed, Any doctor visit can generate a case of nerves. If you have butterflies in your stomach […]

CDC Health Advisory: Patients Receiving Eculizumab (Soliris®) at High Risk for Invasive Meningococcal Disease Despite Vaccination

July 7, 2017

Per an early release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), new information was released today regarding Eculizumab (Soliris®) in patients with the rare blood disorders, paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome. Read the MMWR article in full here.  

Shire Submits Investigational New Drug Application to FDA for Gene Therapy candidate SHP654 for treatment of Hemophilia A

July 7, 2017

Note: The following is an edited version of a press release from Shire. Read the press release from Shire in it’s entirety here. Shire has announced the submission of an investigational new drug (IND) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for SHP654, also designated as BAX 888, an investigational factor VIII (FVIII) gene therapy for the […]

New Biopharmaceutical Company, Sigilon Therapeutics, Launches

July 7, 2017

Note: The following is an edited version of a press release from Sigilon Therapeutics. Read the press release from Sigilon Therapeutics in it’s entirety here. Flagship Pioneering, a fully-integrated life science innovation enterprise, recently announced the launch of Sigilon Therapeutics Inc. Sigilon Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops category-defining biocompatible encapsulated cell therapies. Sigilon Therapeutics’ discovery platform combines cell engineering and […]

FitFactor: Enjoying Summer

July 3, 2017

Summer is in full swing, and with so many fun things to do outside, it’s easy to act first – think later. But the hot summer months bring a certain level of risk, so here are a few precautions to take before heading outside. Heat and Sun: We’ve all been there – we spend the […]

Intern Introspective: A Week in the Life

June 30, 2017

The halfway point of our Policy and Government Relations Internship program is an excellent time for the interns to reflect on the first five weeks of their internship. La’Brittinee and Paul break down what an average week looks like for them as an HFA intern. Paul: After our first action packed week of the internship […]


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