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U.S. District Court in Delaware rules against Shire in preliminary injunction

August 8, 2018

On Aug. 7, 2018, the U.S. District Court in Delaware ruled against Shire in its request for a preliminary injunction against Roche AG from creating, transporting and marketing its recently-approved drug Hemlibra in the U.S., which received FDA approval to treat people with hemophilia A with inhibitors in 2017. This ruling means there are no […]

Fit Factor: Inspiring Fitness Stories to Get You Going in 2018

January 9, 2018

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 […]

Catalyst Biosciences Initiates Phase 2 of Potential Hemophilia A and B Therapy

January 5, 2018

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 […]

BioMarin’s Investigational Gene Therapy for Hemophilia A Maintains Average Factor VIII Levels within Normal Range for over One Year

July 11, 2017

Note: The following is an edited version of a press release from BioMarin. Read the press release from BioMarin in it’s entirety here. BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. announced an update to its previously reported interim results of an open-label Phase 1/2 study of BMN 270, an investigational gene therapy treatment for severe hemophilia A. The updated results were presented […]

FDA Accepts Bioverativ’s Application for Investigational Hemophilia A Drug

June 12, 2017

Bioverativ announced on June 12, 2017 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company’s Investigational New Drug (IND) application for BIVV001 (also known as rFVIIIFc-VWF-XTEN), a novel, investigational factor VIII therapy designed to potentially extend protection from bleeds with prophylaxis dosing of once weekly or longer for people with hemophilia A. […]

Shire’s Adynovate Receives Two New FDA Approvals for Treatment of Hemophilia A

December 29, 2016

Note: The following is edited from a press release from Shire. Read the full press release in it’s entirety here. Shire plc recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Adynovate, an extended circulating half-life recombinant Factor VIII treatment for hemophilia A, in pediatric patients under 12 years of age. The FDA […]

Octapharma Announces Two Hemophilia A Clinical Trials Utilizing Wilate

November 16, 2016

The following is excerpted from a press release from Octapharma USA. Read the press release in it’s entirety here.  Octapharma USA has announced that WILATE®, von Willebrand Factor/Coagulation Factor VIII Complex (Human) Lyophilized Powder for Solution for Intravenous Injection will be utilized for two important clinical trials for hemophilia A launching in December. Octapharma USA […]

FDA Approves First Single Chain Product for Hemophilia A

May 27, 2016

Note: The below is an edited version of a press release by CSL Behring. The original release can be read in it’s entirety here. KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., May 26, 2016 — CSL Behring announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved AFSTYLA [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), Single Chain], its novel long-lasting recombinant factor […]

Emicizumab Study Results Released in New England Journal of Medicine

May 26, 2016

Note: The New England Journal of Medicine released an article outlining the results of a study of a new drug, Emicizumab (ACE910, Chugai Pharmaceuticals), that shows reduced bleeding in patients with severe hemophilia A. Read the full article, Factor VIII–Mimetic Function of Humanized Bispecific Antibody in Hemophilia A, in the New England Journal of Medicine. This video […]

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 […]

HFA Observes February 29 As Rare Disease Day

February 23, 2016

The Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) joins the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) on February 29, and others around the world in observing Rare Disease Day. The purpose of this day is to focus attention on the needs of patients and families affected by rare diseases. In the U.S., any disease affecting fewer than […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

UPDATE #1: Results of Toddler Inhibitor Study (SIPPET) Announced

November 14, 2015

The American Society of Hemophilia (ASH) released information about their upcoming 57th ASH Annual Meeting, which will be held December 5-8, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Included in the program information is a paper abstract about the SIPPET study (Survey of Inhibitors in Plasma-Product Exposed Toddlers.) A plenary session with further information will be presented at the […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

Baxalta Releases Findings of Potential Extended Half-Life Product

July 21, 2015

Note: This is an edited form of a press release from Baxalta, Inc., originally published on July 16, 2015. To read the full press release, click here. Baxalta Incorporated announced the publication of the complete data from the Phase II/III pivotal study and Phase I trial of BAX 855 in Blood, the journal of the […]

New Study Deems Long Lasting Anti-Hemophilia Factor Safe in Kids

April 27, 2015

Note: This press release was originally published by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. To read the original post, please click here. ____________________ Children with hemophilia A require three to four infusions each week to prevent bleeding episodes, chronic pain and joint damage. The effect on quality of life can be significant, due to time and discomfort […]

CSL Behring Renews Pledge to World Federation of Hemophilia

April 15, 2015

  In recognition of World Hemophilia Day April 17, the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) and CSL Behring announced today that CSL Behring has once again committed to donating bleeding disorder protein therapy international units (IUs) to the WFH Global Alliance for Progress (GAP) Program and other WFH programs, as well as making significant financial […]


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