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HFA and NHF Following Developments in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program in Response to Magazine Article

July 20, 2018

  Many in our community have questions about a recent Slate magazine article that reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is reallocating money from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program to help defray costs of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement as a result of current immigration policy. The Ryan White Program, named for […]

Mental Health Awareness Campaign: Living healthy benefits body and mind

July 19, 2018

Healthy living is beneficial for the physical body, but it can also benefit our mental health. Proper wellness, combined with safe and effective exercise are particularly important for individuals living with bleeding disorders. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reminds us that mental health is a vital part of our overall health. Focusing on our […]

Infusing Love: A Phone Call Away

July 18, 2018

I recently had the opportunity of volunteering to be one of the nurses in the infusion center at the annual HFA symposium. I had the privilege of working with two amazing nurses that work in the hemophilia community. I quickly realized that they both had so much knowledge in the hemophilia world!  l learned so […]

HFA Research Seeks Input on Gene Therapy

July 18, 2018

The field of gene therapy is a hot topic of discussion. With multiple clinical trials ongoing, people with hemophilia are at the forefront of gene therapy research. Has anyone ever asked you about your thoughts and opinions about gene therapy? Here’s your chance to make them known! Hemophilia Federation of America Research is asking people […]

Word From Washington: Latest Affordable Care Act Developments

July 12, 2018

The past week has seen a flurry of news on the ACA front. We’ve summarized some of the latest developments for you here. On July 10, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced it will further reduce funding for navigators. Navigators are individuals or organizations that are trained to help Americans buy insurance in the ACA […]

Dear Addy: August Recess

July 9, 2018

Dear Addy, I’d like to meet with my legislators at home during Congress’s August recess. How do I schedule a meeting? Signed, Recess Rockstar Dear Recess, August recess is a great time to meet with your federal legislators at home. Members of the House of Representatives will be on recess from July 27 through Sept. […]

Intern Introspective: The First Five Weeks

July 5, 2018

The halfway point of our Policy and Government Relations Internship program is an excellent time for Alexandra and Catherine to reflect on the first five weeks of their internship. In this blog post, Alexandra and Catherine break down what an average week looks like for them as HFA interns and they talk about what the […]

Dear Addy: Accumulator Adjuster Programs

June 25, 2018

Dear Addy, I’ve seen HFA post information on accumulator adjuster programs, but I’m still a little unclear about what this means and how I could be affected. Does HFA have any other resources on accumulator adjuster programs? Signed, Deductible Detective Dear Detective, This is a great question, as accumulator adjuster programs (AAPs) are increasingly common in the […]

Intern Introspective: Experience on Capitol Hill

June 22, 2018

We’ve introduced you to Alexandra and Catherine, our summer Policy interns. They have been busy in D.C., attending Congressional hearings and learning the ropes of working for a national organization. During their second week, they experienced first-hand the planning and execution of our fifth annual Patient Fly-In. Read their experiences through their eyes on how […]

Infusing Love: Hemo Dads

June 20, 2018

This post is written as a special shout-out to my husband; a hemo dad, and all the other caregivers who have patience just like my husband Shane. I’m pretty lucky to have a husband who is very involved in Maddox’s infusions. My husband, Shane, gives Maddox his infusions three times a week. As a full-time […]

Catalyst Biosciences releases update on trial of Factor IX treatment of severe hemophilia B

June 19, 2018

The following is a summary of a press release from Catalyst Biosciences by Dr. Robert Sidonio, a trusted medical advisor. Read the full press release here. On June 18, Catalyst Biosciences provided an update of the progress from its Phase ½ trial investigating the use of FIX variant product, called CB 2679d/ISU304, which is a […]

Grifols Voluntarily Recalls Profilnine

June 15, 2018

Grifols Biologicals is initiating a voluntary product recall of one lot of Profilnine. Grifols Biologicals has determined there is low risk to the patient associated with this issue; however, Grifols Biologicals is requesting the lot to be returned out of caution. Therapy Plasma Product NDC Number Lot Number Size Packaging Expiration Date 68516-3208-2 A1PBB00072 1000 […]

HFA RECOGNIZES CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES AS 2018 CHAMPIONS

June 12, 2018

On June 12,2018, we hosted our 5th Annual Patient Fly-In in Washington, DC alongside an online Virtual Hill Day. . With that in mind, patient representatives asked Senators and Representatives to protect affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, ensure that insurance plans provide meaningful coverage and an appropriate scope of health benefits; protect people against potentially […]

Word From Washington: New Challenges to ACA

June 11, 2018

  Earlier this year, Texas together with 19 other states (“plaintiffs”) filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The US Department of Justice (DOJ) – which normally defends federal laws against such challenges – unexpectedly chose to side with the plaintiffs when it filed its brief on June 7th. The DOJ argued that key ACA […]

Dear Addy: Virtual Hill Day

June 11, 2018

Dear Addy, I saw a post on HFA’s Facebook page about a Virtual Hill Day on June 12. Can you tell me more about this and how people outside of D.C. can be involved? Signed, Virtual Visitor Dear Visitor, Every year, HFA hosts a fly-in for members of the bleeding disorders community to come to […]

Intern Introspective: Meet Alexandra and Catherine

June 8, 2018

Earlier this year, we opened applications for a ten-week policy and government relations internship* for this summer. We are excited to introduce you to the two candidates that we selected! Alexandra Abreu Boria and Catherine Anderson, who are part of the bleeding disorders community and have been chosen because of their leadership qualities and interest in […]

FDA GRANTS PRIORITY REVIEW TO GENENTECH’S HEMLIBRA FOR PEOPLE WITH HEMOPHILIA A WITHOUT FACTOR VIII INHIBITORS

June 5, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Genentech. Read the entire press release here. Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted the company’s supplemental Biologics License Application and granted Priority Review for HEMLIBRA  for adults and children with hemophilia A without factor VIII […]

Infusing Love: Aumentando mi conexión con la familia de trastornos hemorrágicos

May 29, 2018

Soy Sylvia Verardi y vivo en la isla de Puerto Rico. Mucha gente no sabe esto, pero Puerto Rico es un territorio estadounidense en el Caribe; está bastante cerca de las Islas Vírgenes de los Estados Unidos. Somos un Estado Libre Asociado y el año pasado pasamos por dos huracanes, Irma y María, que nos […]

Dear Addy: Planning for Summer Activities

May 28, 2018

Dear Addy, This summer, my family has plans to travel and attend camp, in addition to numerous other activities and commitments. Can you recommend resources to help manage my kids’ bleeding disorder while we’re on the go? Sincerely, Summer Savvy Dear Summer, With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer, this is a timely […]

BioMarin Presented an Update on the Phase 1/2 Study of Valoctocogene Roxaparvovec at WFH’s 2018 World Congress in Scotland

May 22, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from BioMarin. Read the entire press release 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 updated results were presented during […]

Novo Nordisk Announced New Data at WFH’s 2018 World Congress in Scotland

May 22, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Novo Nordisk. Read the full press release here. Adults with haemophilia B who received a single dose Refixia® (nonacog beta pegol; N9-GP) achieved greater total factor IX exposure than those treated with rFIXFc (recombinant factor IX-Fc fusion protein). The head-to-head paradigm7 trial also observed a […]

uniQure Presents New Data Demonstrating Clinical Benefits at American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy Annual Meeting in Chicago

May 22, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from uniQure. Read the full press release here. uniQure N.V., a leading gene therapy company advancing transformative therapies for patients with severe medical needs, presented data showing successful liver transduction with the AAV5 vector in both non-human primates and humans with pre-existing anti-AAV5 neutralizing antibodies (NABs). […]

Bioverativ Presents Preliminary Phase 1/2a Data at WFH’s 2018 World Congress in Scotland

May 22, 2018

The following is a press release from Bioverativ. Read the full press release here. Bioverativ Inc., a Sanofi company dedicated to transforming the lives of people with rare blood disorders, presented initial clinical data for BIVV001, a novel and investigational von Willebrand factor (VWF)-independent factor VIII therapy for people with hemophilia A. Preliminary safety and […]

Spark Therapeutics and Pfizer Announced Data at WFH’s 2018 World Congress in Scotland

May 22, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Spark Therapeutics. Read the full press release here. Spark Therapeutics, a fully integrated gene therapy company dedicated to challenging the inevitability of genetic disease, and Pfizer, announced, with a cumulative follow-up of more than 18 patient years of observation, all 15 participants in the ongoing […]

Genentech Announced Full Results of Phase III Haven 3 Study at WFH’s 2018 World Congress in Scotland

May 21, 2018

The following is an excerpt from the press release from Genentech. Read the full press release here. Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced the full results from the Phase III HAVEN 3 study evaluating HEMLIBRA® (emicizumab-kxwh) prophylaxis administered every week or every two weeks in people with hemophilia A without factor VIII inhibitors […]

Dear Addy: New Treatment Research

May 15, 2018

Dear Addy, How do I approach my doctor with questions on new research about a treatment for my bleeding disorder? There are so many novel treatments under development or newly available! I want to make sure that my doctor considers my input and will work with me to select the treatment that best serves my […]

FitFactor: Yoga May Be the Best Activity for People with Bleeding Disorders

May 9, 2018

Yoga’s Numerous Benefits Yoga is often touted as one of the best activities for people with bleeding disorders because it is low impact, builds flexibility and strengthens joints and muscles, resulting in fewer bleeds. However, there are numerous other benefits that we see upon practicing this sport consistently including building confidence, reducing stress and improving […]

Dear Addy: Becoming Involved With Committees

May 1, 2018

Dear Addy, I recently participated in a state legislative day and there was a lot of discussion about committees. It’s been years since I took a civics class and I don’t remember much about committees. Could you explain what they are and why they’re important to our advocacy efforts? Signed, Curious About Committees Dear Curious, […]

FDA, CDC identify potential infection risk prompting voluntary recall of syringes by BD Medical

May 1, 2018

The following is an alert from BD Medical. Read the full consumer letter with detailed product information here.   Out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of public health, BD is voluntarily recalling certain lots of BD PosiFlush™ Heparin Lock Flush and BD™ Pre-Filled Normal Saline Flush syringes due to a potential for […]

Infusing Love: Your Spark Is My Why

April 25, 2018

Every year at Symposium, there is some special moment that defines that year’s event for me. As we kick off our 2018 event tomorrow, I’m reflecting back on my favorite memories from the last five years of Symposium: 2013: Frisco, TX (I actually have two favorite memories from this year.)   This picture encapsulates our […]


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