Hemophilia Federation of America is a national nonprofit organization that assists, educates, and advocates for the bleeding disorders community.
Note: The following information comes from an article published in the New Jersey Law Journal. Read the full article here. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has cleared Medco Health Solutions of violating the Anti-Kickback Statute, finding in a precedential ruling that a whistleblower failed to show a connection between alleged kickbacks […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 has published a statement regarding the ongoing lawsuit Shire has filed against Genentech/Roche. Read the full statement in its entirety here.
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 has published a statement regarding patient access to Hemlibra (Emicizumab-kkwh). Read the full statement in its entirety here.
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 […]
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.
Note: The following is edited from a press release from Alnylam. Read the full press release in its entirety here. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an RNAi therapeutics company, and Sanofi announced today a strategic restructuring of their RNAi therapeutics alliance to streamline and optimize development, and commercialization of certain products for the treatment of rare genetic diseases. Specifically, Alnylam […]
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 […]
Note: The following is an excerpt from an article by Rare Disease Report. Read the full article in its entirety here. On Jan. 4, Catalyst Biosciences announced the initiation and open enrollment of the Phase 2 part of its Phase 2/3 program of marzeptacog alfa (activated) (MarzAA), a highly potent, subcutaneously administered Factor VIIa therapy in development for the treatment […]
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 […]
“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, 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’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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Note: The following is edited from a press release from Spark Therapeutics. Read the full press release in its entirety here. Spark Therapeutics announced on Dec. 11, 2017, it has dosed seven participants in the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of SPK-8011 in hemophilia A. The first four participants, who have been followed at least 12 weeks post […]
Note: The following is edited from a press release from Bioverativ. Read the full press release in its entirety here. Bioverativ Inc. and Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB announced the results of a new, post-hoc, longitudinal analysis of the pivotal Phase 3 A-LONG study and ASPIRE long-term extension study, showing that weekly prophylactic dosing with its […]
Note: The following is edited from a press release from Bioverativ. Read the full press release in its entirety here. Bioverativ Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to transforming the lives of people with rare blood disorders, today announced findings from a novel imaging study investigating extravascular distribution of factor IX therapies, including its leading extended […]
Note: The following is edited from a press release from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. Read the full press release in its entirety here. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., a RNAi therapeutics company, and Sanofi Genzyme, the specialty care global business unit of Sanofi, announced Dec. 15, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lifted the hold on clinical studies with fitusiran, including […]
Note: The following is edited from a press release from Genentech. Read the full press release in its entirety here. Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced on Dec. 9, 2017, new data from the ongoing HEMLIBRA® (emicizumab-kxwh) clinical development program were presented at the 59th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting. These data […]
Note: The following is edited from a press release from Shire. Read the full press release in its entirety here. On December 14, 2017, Shire filed a motion for preliminary injunction against Roche subsidiaries Genentech Inc. and Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., as part of an ongoing U.S. patent infringement lawsuit surrounding Genentech/Roche’s emicizumab, currently being marketed as […]
It’s been two months since wildfires ripped through Northern California leaving a path of destruction in Sonoma and Napa counties like I’ve never seen before and leaving a scar on all of our hearts. I got to see firsthand the importance of community and was proud to see our bleeding disorder community come together to […]
Dear Addy, What is the best way for me to contact my legislators when policy issues affecting the bleeding disorders community arise? Signed, Alert Advocate Dear Advocate, HFA’s Take Action Center has all you need to contact your legislators, including talking points on issues affecting the bleeding disorders community. Watch this short video on using the […]
Note: The following is an edited excerpt from a press release from Genentech. To read the press release in it’s entirety, click HERE. Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced today positive interim results from the Phase III HAVEN 4 study evaluating HEMLIBRA® (emicizumab-kxwh) prophylaxis dosed once every four weeks in adults and adolescents […]
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