Hemophilia Federation of America is a national nonprofit organization that assists, educates, and advocates for the bleeding disorders community.
Note: The following is an edited version of a press release from Octapharma USA. Read the press release from Octapharma USA in it’s entirety here. Octapharma USA today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved new product strengths for NUWIQ. The agency approved new single dose NUWIQ vial strengths of 2500, 3000 and 4000 International […]
Dear Addy, I keep hearing about biosimilars. What are they, and how do they differ from generic drugs? Sincerely, Curious About Products Hi Curious, Thanks for your question. A biosimilar is a pharmaceutical drug that is made to have similar active properties as a biological drug that has already been licensed. Biologics are really important […]
We are still on the road to self-infusion, and it’s been a long-term journey to his independence. Benny, my 13-year-old who has severe hemophilia is stressed about doing his own needle stick. He is a particularly anxious kid and determinedly marches to his own beat, so letting him infuse at his own pace is the […]
It is a common refrain to hear medical professionals comment on how well Logan does with his infusions. This is usually echoed in a, “He is such a champ,” or “How did you get to be so brave,” or the sadder version, “I wish my older patients were this good.” I am proud of Logan; […]
Dear Addy, The specialty pharmacy that I have to use through my insurer doesn’t carry my preferred brand of factor so I have to go through the prior authorization process to get my factor. My hemophilia treatment center (HTC) does not have a 340B program but I know of another HTC that does and they […]
Research showed that bleeding events were drastically decreased in animals with Hemophilia B. Using a viral vector to swap out faulty genes proved safe and could be used for the more common Hemophilia A. _______________________________ A multi-year, ongoing study suggests that a new kind of gene therapy for Hemophilia B could be safe and effective […]
This is an edited version of a press release from Biogen Idec. To read the full release, please click here. ____________________ Biogen Idec and Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB announced positive top-line results of the Kids B-LONG Phase 3 clinical study that evaluated the safety, efficacy and pharmacokinetics of ALPROLIX® [Coagulation Factor IX (Recombinant), Fc Fusion Protein] in children under […]
Dear Addy: It used to be when you left or lost your job you could get COBRA coverage until you found a new job. What is happening to COBRA with ACA implementation? What happens now if I lose my job and need health insurance? Sincerely, Daniel, Hemophilia Patient ___________________________________ Dear Daniel, If you lose your […]
Baxter International Inc. presented additional efficacy and safety data from the Phase III pivotal study of BAX 855, an investigational, extended half-life recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) treatment for hemophilia A based on ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)] at the 8th Annual Congress of the European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders (EAHAD) in Helsinki, Finland. The […]
CSL Behring announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review its Biologics License Application (BLA) for the marketing authorization of its long-acting fusion protein linking recombinant coagulation factor IX with recombinant albumin (rIX-FP). Upon FDA approval, rIX-FP will provide hemophilia B patients with a long-acting treatment option with dosing intervals up […]
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