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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 […]

CVS Health Announces $260,000 in New Support for Bleeding Disorder Programs

March 30, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from CVS. Read the entire press release here.  Company to provide funding to National Hemophilia Foundation, Hemophilia Federation of America and local organizations across U.S. CVS Health announced more than $260,000 in charitable commitments to local and national hemophilia and bleeding disorder programs across the country. The announcement […]

HFA and NHF Issue Joint Statement Regarding Shire Lawsuit Against Genentech/Roche

January 12, 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 Shire has requested from the […]

Bleeding Disorders Organizations Introduces Joint Statement Supporting Bi-partisan Alexander-Murray Legislation

October 25, 2017

Click here for the combined issue statement from the Coalition for Hemophilia B, the Hemophilia Federation of America, the National Hemophilia Foundation and the Hemophilia Alliance supporting bi-partisan Alexander-Murray Legislation. (Full text available in pdf and below) People with Hemophilia and Other Bleeding Disorders Urge their Senators to Support Alexander-Murray Market Stabilization Legislation Senators Lamar Alexander […]

Bioverativ Enters Joint Project With UK-Based Bicycle Therapeutics

September 19, 2017

  Bioverativ and a UK-based biotech company called Bicycle Therapeutics will work together to try to identify new therapies for hemophilia and also sickle cell disease.  The research will focus on using a new approach – called Bicycles – which the companies hope will lead to a new way to treat the blood disorders. Read […]

Intern Introspective: Plasma Donation Center Tour

July 21, 2017

Nearing the end of their 10-week internship, La’Brittinee and Paul got an opportunity to tour Grifol’s plasma collection center in Frederick, Maryland. Centers like this collect plasma from donors and then return the red blood cells to the donor in one sitting. The plasma, which undergoes several levels of strict testing, is then pooled and […]

Intern Introspective: A Week in the Life

June 30, 2017

The halfway point of our Policy and Government Relations Internship program is an excellent time for the interns to reflect on the first five weeks of their internship. La’Brittinee and Paul break down what an average week looks like for them as an HFA intern. Paul: After our first action packed week of the internship […]

Intern Introspective: Fly In Recap

June 16, 2017

Earlier this summer, we introduced you to La’Brittinee and Paul, our summer Policy interns. They have been busy all over DC, attending Congressional hearings and learning the ropes of working for a national organization. During their first week, they got to experience first-hand the planning and execution of our 4th Annual Patient Fly-In. Below are […]

FDA Approves New Novo Nordisk Treatment for Patients with Hemophilia B

June 1, 2017

  Novo Nordisk recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Biologics License Application for REBINYN® (Coagulation Factor IX (Recombinant), GlycoPEGylated) for the treatment of adults and children with hemophilia B. Novo Nordisk expects to launch REBINYN® in the U.S. in the first half of 2018. For more info on REBINYN, […]

Volunteer Spotlight: No Brighter Star

April 24, 2017

Each year, the HFA staff recognizes the national spirit and remarkable volunteerism for HFA with the #bleedingdisorders community. As #VolunteerAppreciationMonth comes to a close this week, we will be recognizing award winners from #HFA2017. Today, we remember Star Tyree, a long-time HFA supporter, volunteer, and friend.   Starlyn (Star) Tyree was a former Executive Director […]

Pharmaceutical Companies Recognize World Hemophilia Day

April 17, 2017

Today, on World Hemophilia Day, many pharmaceutical companies joined in the celebration by recognizing and supporting the hemophilia community. Linked below are statements from a wide group of companies on today’s celebration of World Hemophilia Day: Grifols Press Release Bioverativ Press Release Novo Nordisk on supporting women with bleeding disorders Shire Press Release CSL Behring […]

Bioverativ Strengthens Commitment To Women With Bleeding Disorders

April 17, 2017

Bioverativ joins the global hemophilia community in recognizing World Hemophilia Day and supporting the millions of women and girls impacted by bleeding disorders through this year’s theme, “Hear Their Voices.” Excerpted from the press release: “Bioverativ shares the World Federation of Hemophilia’s commitment to understanding the needs of all members of the bleeding disorders community, including […]

Grifols Donates 140 Million Units of Factor on World Hemophilia Day

April 17, 2017

As part of World Hemophilia Day celebrations, Grifols has announced a large donation of clotting factor to the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) Humanitarian Aid Program. This announcement is a continuation of the company’s three-year commitment from 2014, bringing the total humanitarian aid commitment to more than 200M IU of Factor VIII over eight years Read the […]

Catalyst Biosciences Completes New Hemophilia B Drug Toxicology Study

April 14, 2017

On April 11, Catalyst Biosciences, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel medicines to address hematology indications, reached a key milestone towards starting human trials with completion of the CB 2679d/ISU304 toxicology studies. Their press release can be read in full here.

Aptevo’s Ixinity Found To Be Safe In Children Under 12 With Hemophilia B

April 14, 2017

Aptevo’s Ixinity, previously approved for use in people over the age of 12, just received approval for use in children under 12, per their ongoing phase 3 trial. Read the full press release here.

Infusing Love: We Are Family

March 1, 2017

  Since my son Thomas was born thirteen years ago, I’ve come to think of the bleeding disorders community as family. Relatively speaking, that feeling came to us very quickly after meeting people in the community. My husband and I jumped right into attending events, volunteering, and generally asking questions of medical providers and anyone […]

Millennials Get Busy- Advocacy for Young Adults

January 26, 2017

By Sarah Shinkman Learning how to advocate is an important life skill at any age. Whether you are practicing personal, peer, or group advocacy, you have the power to influence decisions that may affect you and others. HFA’s final Young Adult Hangout of 2016 featured two community advocates and a health insurance overview by Erin […]

Okay, So What Can We Do?

January 24, 2017

By Lori Long and Sarah Shinkman “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead To find an example of the type of group Margaret Mead speaks about in her famous quote, look no further than our bleeding disorders community. […]

Intern Introspective: That’s a Wrap for Cami

August 12, 2016

Intern Introspective Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy & government relations interns to our DC office. Eric and Cami 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, Eric […]

Intern Introspective: That’s a Wrap for Eric

July 29, 2016

Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy & government relations interns to our DC office. Eric and Cami 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, Eric and Cami […]

HFA Receives 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

July 14, 2016

Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) recently earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the United States. Charity Navigator’s ratings system provides donors clear, objective, and reliable assessments of the financial health and accountability, and transparency of charities. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that HFA exceeds industry standards and outperforms […]

Intern Introspective: A Day in the Life

July 14, 2016

The halfway point of our Policy and Government Relations Internship program is an excellent time to take stock of our interns’ first month or so. In this Intern Introspective, Cami and Eric break down what an average day in the life looks like as an HFA intern.  ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 9 am to 10 am – Cami […]

Infusing Love: Away He Goes

July 13, 2016

During summer time, most parents feel they have some time before they have to think about an upcoming school year. However, if you are a parent of a child with hemophilia that just graduated from high school who is on his/her way to college, your worries start long before graduation. Our son Chris wanted to […]

Take a Hike! Safety Tips for the Trail

July 1, 2016

It is important for individuals with bleeding disorders to participate in some form of physical activity.  Being physically active helps to strengthen one’s muscles, bones and joints.  One of the many benefits of having a strong healthy body can be a reduction in the number of bleeding episodes an individual might experience. Of equal importance […]

The Ins and Outs of BMI

June 1, 2016

By Michelle Morath “Healthy Bodies Bleed Less” continues to be the mantra of HFA’s FitFactor program. It is our goal to get every community member at least considering the positive effects that physical activity and a healthy diet can have not only on their joint health, but also their overall health and sense of well-being. […]

Factor I Deficiency: A Voice for a Rare Community

April 8, 2016

My name is Rick Kelly, and my wife, Josie, I are the proud parents of Forrest. Forrest has a rare bleeding disorder called afibrinogenemia, or Factor I deficiency. This is the story of afibrinogenemia in three anecdotes that explain what afibrinogenemia is, the current state of treatment and its outlook for the future. In sharing […]

Remembering Ryan White 26 Years Later

April 7, 2016

Ryan White died at the age of 18 on April 8, 1990. During the 1980s, Ryan bravely became a national spokesperson and symbol of hope for the hemophilia and HIV/AIDS community after being expelled from middle school due to community fears that the virus would spread to other children. Learn more about Ryan’s legacy by clicking […]

Infusing Love: We Keep on Ticking

April 6, 2016

My first national bleeding disorder conference was in New Orleans in 1998. I was overwhelmed at the over 2,000 individuals in attendance. My son was two and the enormity of hemophilia hit me hard when I saw men in wheelchairs, using walkers, and not moving their limbs with ease. What in the world was really in […]

Recipe: So Easy Slow Roasted Salmon

March 29, 2016

Being at a healthy weight is an important step for people with a bleeding disorder to take in order to maintain healthy joints. Eating a diet that includes a variety of clean, natural foods is a great way to get to or maintain a healthy weight. Following the MyPlate guidelines a healthy diet should include plenty […]

Qualitative Platelet Disorder: We Just Don’t Quite Fit In

March 15, 2016

Patrick is a typical 12 year old who happens to have a rare bleeding disorder called, qualitative platelet disorder; the diagnosis is descriptive rather than specific – we have been told it is a one in a million condition and they do not know why his platelets do not function properly. We also don’t know […]


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