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FDA Approves Needle-Free Transfer Device for Hemophilia A Product

March 31, 2016

Note: The following in an edited press release from Kedrion Biopharma. The original release can be read in its entirety here. Kedrion Biopharma has gained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to package Koāte® Double Viral Inactivation (DVI) Antihemophilic Factor (human) with Mix2Vial™, a needle-free transfer device. The new packaging is designed to offer hemophilia […]

FDA Approves New Recombinant Factor Following LEOPOLD Trials

March 17, 2016

Note: The following is an edited version of a press release from Bayer. The original press release can be found here.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Bayer’s KOVALTRY® Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), an unmodified, full-length factor VIII compound for the treatment of hemophilia A in children and adults. The approval is based […]

Trial for SubQ Hemophilia Inhibitor Treatment Begins

March 14, 2016

Note: The below is an edited press release from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The original release can be read in its entirety here.  Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced on Monday, March 14, 2016, that it has initiated dosing of hemophilia patients with inhibitors in Part D of an ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating a once-monthly subcutaneous dose […]

FDA Gives Orphan Drug Designation for Hemophilia A Gene Therapy

March 1, 2016

Note: The below is an edited version of a press release by BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. The original release can be read in its entirety here. BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. announced on Tuesday, March 1, that BMN 270, an investigational gene therapy for the treatment of patients with hemophilia A, has been granted orphan drug designation by […]

Community Voices: An Inhibitor On The High Seas

February 16, 2016

Justin Levesque (pictured in the orange hat), poses with the crew aboard a ship bound for Iceland.  __________________________________________ Justin Levesque has severe hemophilia with an inhibitor. Justin recently had an opportunity of a lifetime when he spent nine days aboard a ship to Iceland as part of an art project that he developed. In this […]

Dear Addy: Pharmacy Choice

February 5, 2016

Dear Addy, Last year, my friend with hemophilia started working for a specialty pharmacy. Since then, he’s been pressuring me to switch from my current pharmacy to his. Initially, he was polite and nice, taking me to lunch and then dinner to ask for my business. Each time, I told him I am content with […]

Future Bisomilars: Pros and Cons

January 20, 2016

Note: This story was originally published in the January 2016 issue of BioSupply Trends Quarterly. It can be read in its original format here. By Meredith Whitmore In this brave new world of medicines, more and more physicians are prescribing a biologic. Perhaps they have even witnessed a patient’s remarkable transformation thanks to biologics such […]

Dear Addy: Why Are Medical Alert IDs Important?

January 15, 2016

Dear Addy, Several parents that I’ve met at the HTC have recommended I should get my daughter a medical ID bracelet. Why is this so important? Are there resources available to help me get her one? Signed Inquiring About IDs Dear Inquiring, For patients with serious medical conditions like a bleeding disorder, it’s important that […]

Dimension Therapeutics Announces Initiation of Phase 1/2 Study For Hemophilia B Treatment

January 7, 2016

Note: The below is an edited press release from Dimension Therapeutics, Inc. The original release can be read here. Dimension Therapeutics, Inc. announced on January 7 the initiation of a phase 1/2 study of DTX101, the company’s lead therapeutic candidate, for the treatment of patients with hemophilia B. DTX101 is designed to deliver stable expression […]

Octapharma Announces US Availability of NUWIQ

January 4, 2016

 Note: The following is an edited press release from Octapharma USA. The original release can be read in its entirety here. Octapharma USA announced on Monday, January 4, 2016 that NUWIQ®, Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), is now commercially available. NUWIQ® is indicated for the treatment and control of bleeding, perioperative (surgical) management, and routine prophylaxis to reduce […]

European Commission Grants $6M to Develop New Hemophilia A Treatment

December 29, 2015

Note: The following is an edited press release from Sernova Corp. The original release can be read in its entirety here. Sernova Corp., a clinical stage regenerative medicine company, announced on Monday, December 21, 2015, that the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program has awarded a Euro 5.6M ($6.1M USD) grant to a consortium consisting of […]

Dear Addy: Do I Have a Bleeding Disorder?

December 21, 2015

Dear Addy, I’m a woman who bruises easily and has a heavy menstrual cycle. Does this mean I have a bleeding disorder? Signed, Possible Female Bleeder  Dear Possible Bleeder, This is a great question and one that HFA is hearing more frequently from women. Bleeding disorders can be dangerous if they are not treated. Women […]

Arsia and Biogen Team Up to Develop Sub-Q Hemophilia Treatment

December 16, 2015

Note: The following is an edited press release from Arsia Therapeutics, Inc. The original release can be read here. Arsia Therapeutics, Inc., a Cambridge based company, announced a collaboration with Biogen on December 16, 2015. Arsia and Biogen will focus on providing meaningful treatment administration improvements for hemophilia patients by enabling subcutaneous versions of treatments […]

Update #2: SIPPET Study

December 10, 2015

This past weekend, the American Society of Hematology (ASH), a worldwide organization of 15,000+ medical and scientific experts on blood diseases, held their 57th Annual Meeting to discuss new treatments and research methods. During this meeting, a group of doctors from around the globe presented the findings of the Survey of Inhibitors in Plasma-Product Exposed Toddlers (SIPPET). […]

Phase I Study Results for Once-Monthly Subcutaneous Hemophilia Treatment

December 8, 2015

Note: The following is an edited press release from Alnylam. The original release can be read in its entirety here. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced on December 7, 2015 positive results from its ongoing Phase 1 clinical study with fitusiran (fi-TOO-si-ran), the recommended International Nonproprietary Name (INN) for ALN-AT3. Fitusiran is an investigational RNAi therapeutic targeting […]

New Data Released on Long-Acting Hemophilia B Treatment

December 8, 2015

Note: The following is the edited version of a press release issued by CSL Behring. The original release can be found here. On December 7, 2015, CSL Behring presented data from its Phase III PROLONG-9FP clinical program evaluating the efficacy and long-term safety of its investigational long-acting fusion protein linking recombinant coagulation factor IX with recombinant […]

Pain and Mobility Are Major Problems for Patients with Hemophilia

December 8, 2015

Note: The following originally appeared on MDMagazine.com. New research further supports the understanding that patients with hemophilia suffer from pain and mobility issues, and it went on to uncover which joints are most greatly affected by the condition. Christine Kempton, MD, MSc, from Emory University in Georgia, and colleagues used multiple strategies to find how […]

New Patient Advocacy Coalition Leads the ‘Next Generation of Health Care Reform’

December 3, 2015

HFA recently became a charter member of Partners for Better Care (PBC), a nonpartisan coalition of patients and patient groups that seeks to improve access to quality medical care. The following is a press release from PBC about this partnership. Patient advocacy groups announced on Thursday, December 3, the launch of Partners for Better Care (PBC), a nonpartisan coalition beginning with over 10 […]

Dear Addy: Inhibitors

November 23, 2015

Dear Addy, I’m taking my son in for his annual visit, and I saw that MASAC issued a statement about inhibitors. Should I have him checked for one? Signed, Learning All I Can Dear Learning, Inhibitors are antibodies that the immune system develops in response to a clotting factor product used to treat a person […]

FDA Approves Twice-Weekly Hemophilia A Treatment

November 16, 2015

Note: The following is an edited version of a press release originally published by Baxalta. The original release can be read here. Baxalta Incorporated announced on Monday, November 16, 2015, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ADYNOVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), PEGylated], an extended circulating half-life recombinant Factor VIII (rFVIII) treatment for hemophilia […]

Dear Addy: Biosimilars

November 9, 2015

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 […]

Biogen’s Hemophilia Therapy Donation Now Available to Patients in Developing World

October 12, 2015

Note: This is an edited form of a press release from Biogen. To read the original release in its entirety, click here. The first shipments of much-needed hemophilia therapy have started to arrive at treatment centers across the developing world Biogen, Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (Sobi) and the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) announced on Monday, October 12, 2015. […]

New Study Open To Hemophilia B Community

September 24, 2015

Novo Nordisk, along with the Coalition for Hemophilia B, Hemophilia Federation of America, and National Hemophilia Foundation have announced the B-HERO-S (Bridging Hemophilia Experiences Results and Opportunities into Solutions) study open to all patients with hemophilia B and the caregivers of children with hemophilia B. About the Study Building on the success of the original […]

Dear Addy: Applying for Jobs

September 21, 2015

Dear Addy, I’m applying for jobs and am nervous that the marks on my arm from infusing will present awkward questions. What should I do? Signed, Marked Dear Marked, This is a valid fear. For people unfamiliar with the need to infuse medication verses swallow it, the marks on your arms left by multiple infusions […]

FDA Approves Fast Track Designation for New Hemophilia B Treatment

September 18, 2015

Note: This is an edited form of a press release from Dimension Therapeutics, Inc. To read the original release in its entirety, click here. Dimension Therapeutics, Inc. announced on Thursday, September 17 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation for the company’s lead product candidate, DTX101, for the treatment of […]

FDA Approves New Octapharma Treatment For Patients With Hemophilia A

September 15, 2015

Note: This is an edited form of a press release from Octapharma. To read the original release in its entirety, click here. Octapharma USA announced on September 15, 2015, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved NUWIQ®, Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), an intravenous therapy for adults and children living with Hemophilia A. The NUWIQ® […]

New Data Supports Safety & Efficacy Claims of ALPROLIX

August 17, 2015

Note: This is an edited form of a press release from Biogen. To read the original release in its entirety, click here.  New clinical data support the long-term safety and efficacy of ALPROLIX® [Coagulation Factor IX (Recombinant), Fc Fusion Protein] in people with severe hemophilia B treated for up to two years, Biogen announced on […]

New Data Supports Safety & Efficacy of ELOCTATE

August 11, 2015

Note: This is an edited version of a press release from Biogen. To read the original release, click here. _____________________________________ Newly published clinical data demonstrate that people on extended-interval prophylaxis regimens with ELOCTATE® [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), Fc Fusion Protein] experienced low bleeding rates, Biogen and Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (Sobi) announced on Monday, August 10, […]

2015 Summer Intern Recap

August 7, 2015

Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy & advocacy interns to our DC office. Adam and Matthew are part of the bleeding disorders community and were chosen to participate in a 10-week internship because of their leadership qualities and interest in the field of policy and advocacy. Throughout the summer, Adam and Matthew: Gained […]

Dear Addy: CHOICE

July 29, 2015

Dear Addy, I keep seeing all of these Facebook posts and Tweets about the CHOICE Project. What is it and why does it matter if I take part? Signed, Need-to-Know Dear Need-to-Know, Glad you asked. CHOICE (Community Having Opportunity to Influence Care Equity) is a project driven by HFA and supported by the Centers for […]


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