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Spark Therapeutics investigational trail moves into Phase 3

August 7, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Spark Therapeutics. Read the press release in its entirety here. Investigational SPK-8011 moving to Phase 3 As of the July 13 data cutoff, 12 participants in the Phase 1/2 trial have received a single administration of investigational SPK-8011, including two at a dose of 5×1011 […]

HFA seeks historical materials to honor bleeding disorders in its 25th year

July 26, 2018

Hemophilia Federation of America will recognize 25 years serving the bleeding disorders community in 2019 with plans to display historical records at its annual symposium in San Diego. The Washington, D.C.-based organization is currently collecting archival-type material, such as vintage medical equipment, supplies, rally posters, journals, diaries, newsletters, documents, photographs and other items representing the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Genentech Announces the Launch of New Safety Website

June 8, 2018

On June 7th, 2018, Genentech announced a new web portal for patients and caregivers intended to provide timely and accurate information on targeted serious adverse events of interest for HEMLIBRA.  Earlier this year, Genentech launched a similar site specifically for health care providers. In announcing the launch, Genentech stated “This website is meant to serve […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

MASAC Issues Safety Information Update on Emicizumab (HEMLIBRA)

April 24, 2018

The National Hemophilia Foundation’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC) has released a safety information update about Emicizumab (Hemlibra), a new subcutaneous treatment for hemophilia A patients with inhibitors. This update has been released following the first report of an anti-drug antibody to Emicizumab. MASAC’s update issues recommendations for providers and patients in case of […]

Genentech Releases Statement on Hemlibra Patient

April 24, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a statement from Genentech. Read the entire statement  HERE. _________________________________________________________ Genentech has recently learned that a patient in the Phase III HAVEN 2 clinical trial developed a neutralizing anti-drug antibody. For this patient, the anti-drug antibody resulted in reduced efficacy of HEMLIBRA.

Infusing Love: My Love/Hate Relationship

April 11, 2018

Some of us love exercise.  Some of us (me!) hate it but love it when you’re done.  What do you find to be the hardest part of exercising? A lot of times it’s finding the time. As moms we’re pulled in a thousand different directions all throughout the day.  Between jobs, kids, and spouses, there is never […]

Genentech Offers Hemlibra Update

March 28, 2018

Note: The following is an excerpt from a press release from Genentech. Read the full press release here. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Given the recent dialogue, we are reaching out to clarify the facts surrounding five people with hemophilia A with inhibitors to factor VIII who have passed away while receiving Hemlibra® (emicizumab-kxwh). Since 2016, five adults with hemophilia A […]

Genentech Medical Communications Line Available to Answer Questions About Hemlibra 

March 27, 2018

HFA was informed by Genentech on March 26, 2018, that a total of five patient deaths have occurred while the patients were using Hemlibra (emicizumab-kxwh). Genentech has little information that they can presently share about the circumstances surrounding the most recent patient deaths; however, Genentech could confirm that the patients had received Hemlibra as part of compassionate use and expanded patient access. Genentech has a Medical Communications line at 1(800)-821-8590 for patients, concerned community members, and healthcare providers who seek further information. […]

Reposting: HFA & NHF Issue Joint Statement Regarding Shire Lawsuit Against Genentech/Roche

March 21, 2018

[Reposted from January 16, 2018] 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 […]

Infusing Love: Life’s Little Surprises

March 14, 2018

My family has very quiet about our family history with hemophilia. I was 2 years old when my grandfather passed away, so I knew very little about what he went through or what it meant to be a carrier, other than the result could be having a son with hemophilia. I was excited when we […]

Infusing Love: Talk With Your Children

February 28, 2018

Disclaimer: At HFA, we value all opinions. This blog only reflects only the opinion and experiences of the individual mother/writer. We encourage you to talk with your children about a school safety plan, and have provided a resource at the end of this blog entry. ________________________________________ Around 11 AM, on April 20, 1999, in Littleton, […]

Infusing Love: Am I a Carrier?

February 14, 2018

Does life ever make sense? Do we really know the answers to why things actually happen? Losing my daughter, Sydney, nine days shy of her second birthday due to SUDC (Sudden Unexplained Death in a Child), pretty much means there is no answer to why. But my family decided to welcome another child into the […]

Breakthrough in Hemophilia Gene Therapy

January 31, 2018

The following is an excerpt from an article in Medical News Bulletin. Read the full article here. Researchers at Spark Therapeutics and Pfizer tested the safety and efficacy of a new hemophilia gene therapy vector for the treatment of hemophilia B. The body’s ability to stop bleeding and repair damaged blood vessels depends heavily upon […]

Octapharma Support Enables Bombardier to Climb Mount Vinson, Becoming First Hemophiliac to Ascend the Seven Summits

January 24, 2018

Note: The following is an excerpt from a press release from Octapharma USA. Read the full press release here. Octapharma Partnership with Mountain Climber will Culminate with Release of Documentary Bombardier Blood Later This Year Mountain climber Chris Bombardier of Denver, Co., became the first hemophiliac to climb the Seven Summits of the world on […]

Infusing Love: Relating to ‘Wonder’

January 24, 2018

When I committed to writing this week’s blog, I had no idea what I would blog about until I went to see the movie ‘Wonder.’ Wonder is about a boy named Auggie who was born with a facial disease called mandibulofacial dystosis, also known as “Treacher Collins syndrome.” Due to Auggie’s medical needs, which require the […]

Hemophilia Puts Damper on Patients’ Sex Life and Health Status, Study Reports

January 23, 2018

Study Shows Sexual Intimacy Correlates With More Bleeds The following is an excerpt from Hemophilia News Today. Read the entire article here. Researchers report that hemophilia interferes with patients’ sexual activity and is linked to worse health status. The study titled “Sexual Health in Patients with Hemophilia; The Insights from the Patient Reported Outcomes, Burdens and Experiences […]

Sanofi to Acquire Bioverativ for $11.6 Billion

January 22, 2018

Note: The following is edited from a press release from Sanofi. Read the full press release in its entirety here. Sanofi and Bioverativ Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on therapies for hemophilia and other rare blood disorders, have entered into a definitive agreement under which Sanofi will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Bioverativ for $105 […]


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