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Infusing Love: Ayudando Nuestras Familias

January 16, 2018

Puerto Rico, Isla del encanto, conocida por sus bellas playas, gente amigable y amable, en donde se baila la mejor salsa y se degustan los mejores sabores caribeños. Arropada por el Mar Caribe y el Océano Atlántico. En donde se habla español y es un territorio ligado a Estados Unidos como Estado Libre Asociado y […]

Infusing Love: Sigue tus sueños…

September 21, 2017

Todos los años celebramos el mes de la hispanidad en Estados Unidos (Hispanic Heritage Month en inglés). El mes de la hispanidad comienza en 15 de septiembre y termina en 15 de octubre. Este mes es para celebrar las tradiciones, celebramos la cultura y todos los logros de los hispanos de este país. Los hispanos […]

Infusing Love: ¡Sé agradecido!

March 15, 2017

No importa en la circunstancia en que nos encontremos siempre tenemos una razón por la cual estar agradecidos.   A lo largo de mi carrera como maestra de escuela elemental por más de 15 años y ahora como coordinadora de programas en HFA, he tenido la oportunidad de conocer a muchas personas. Maravillosas personas con características […]

Infusing Love: Nuestra Responsabilidad Como Padres

December 21, 2016

Sin darnos cuenta muchas veces queremos “ayudarles” y hacemos las cosas por ellos. Ahh que mucha paciencia tenemos que tener.   Debemos ser conscientes de que en el futuro ellos necesitan hacer las cosas por si solos. Debemos comenzar a temprana edad, a darles responsabilidades de acuerdo a sus capacidades y edades. Pero, la etapa de […]

Caregiver Heroes: Kelly

November 3, 2016

In honor of National Caregiver Month, we’ll be featuring “Caregiver Heroes” throughout the month of November. While all in the bleeding disorders community are heroes in their own special ways, these folks are being given a special shout-out for the ways they take care of their loved ones and themselves. Meet Kelly from Nevada, who […]

Dateline: Ask the CDC – What’s von Willebrand Disease?

October 19, 2016

Erik von Willebrand, a Finnish physician, noticed several young girls in one family shared symptoms of a bleeding disorder. The year was 1924, and von Willebrand recognized that the girls’ symptoms were different from those of someone with hemophilia, a disease mostly affecting males. He called this new disease pseudohemophilia, or false hemophilia, but others […]

Infusing Love: Aprendiendo a vivir con un nuevo diagnóstic

September 21, 2016

von Willebrand Disease… ¿Qué es eso? ¿Qué clase de enfermedad tienen mis hijas? ¿Es contagioso? ¿Qué le puede pasar? Esta y muchísimas preguntas más fueron las que nos hicimos el día en que la pediatra en Albany, Nueva York, diagnosticó nuestra hija menor, Juliemar, 8 años a este momento, con von Willebrand Disease (vWd), tipo […]

Hemophilia: Not an Excuse to Be a Couch Potato

April 25, 2016

By Michael Zolotnitsky, PT, DPT Growing up with hemophilia made waking up with bruises, joint pain, or the inability to bear weight on my ankles a normal occurrence. Time and time again, my mother had to drive me to the local hematology clinic to have factor infused. I did not feel like a normal child. I […]

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 […]

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 […]

FDA Approves First Recombinant von Willebrand Factor

December 8, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Vonvendi, von Willebrand factor (Recombinant), for use in adults 18 years of age and older who have von Willebrand disease (VWD). Vonvendi is the first FDA-approved recombinant von Willebrand factor, and is approved for the on-demand (as needed) treatment and control of bleeding episodes in adults diagnosed […]

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 […]

HFA Receives Donation of VeinViewer Flex

November 4, 2015

Christie Medical Holdings Inc., a global leader in portable vein imaging systems to aid in venipuncture procedures, has donated a VeinViewer® Flex to the Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) as part of the Christie CARES philanthropy program. Based in Washington, D.C., the Hemophilia Federation of America serves as a consumer advocate for safe, affordable and […]

vWD Recombinant Clotting Protein Shown To Be Effective

August 3, 2015

Note: This is an edited version of a release originally published in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).  On August 3, 2015, the journal Blood published study data indicating that the first protein engineered to help control bleeding episodes in patients with severe von Willebrand disease (vWD) had been shown to be safe and effective, […]

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 […]

HFA Patient Fly-In: Through Our Interns’ Eyes

July 7, 2015

Earlier this summer, we introduced you to Adam and Matthew, our summer Policy Interns. These two have been busy all over DC, attending Congressional hearings, Executive briefings, and much more. Recently, they got to experience first-hand the planning and execution of our 2nd Annual Patient Fly-In. Below is their take on the week, and a bonus […]

Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies

June 25, 2015

We’re pleased today to learn that the Supreme Court of the United States, in a 6-3 decision, upheld the subsidies provided under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). These tax subsidies have allowed so many in our community to afford the care they need to treat their ‪bleeding disorders, and we are confident that these […]

My Dad: As Seen By A Hemo Mom & Daughter

June 21, 2015

    I wish I could run on the beach with my Dad. This thought went through my mind as I watched a father and daughter on the beach a few weeks ago.  As I watched the dad and daughter run into the distance, I started to feel sad. I never saw my dad run.  […]

Cycling 4,000 Miles for Hemophilia Awareness

June 19, 2015

Note: This story originally appeared on PRWeb. Barry Haarde is a participant in HFA’s annual Gears for Good ride from West Virginia to Washington, DC. Cyclist Barry Haarde is on a mission to raise awareness about hemophilia and encourage individuals to support needy hemophilic children through Save One Life, which supports more than 1,200 individuals with […]

HFA Champion Award Given to 4 Members of Congress

June 18, 2015

On June 17, 2015, we hosted our 2nd Annual Patient Fly-In in Washington, DC alongside an online Virtual Hill Day to gain support for bill HR 1600, The Patients’ Access to Treatment Act in the US House and Senate, and other issues like the ability for third-party non-profits to help make payments on behalf of patients, and improving access to skilled […]

Dear Addy: Out-Of-Pocket Costs

June 15, 2015

Dear Addy, So I saw the question you recently answered about what counts towards a deductible. You didn’t talk about what counts towards out-of-pocket costs. Does every penny I spend on healthcare count towards my out-of-pocket costs limit? Signed,  Pocket Picky  Dear Picky, No, not every penny you spend on healthcare will count towards your annual […]

2015 Advocacy and Government Affairs Interns

June 4, 2015

Earlier this year, we opened applications for a ten week advocacy & government relations internship* for this summer. We are excited to introduce you to the two candidates that we selected! Adam and Matthew are part of the bleeding disorders community and have been chosen because of their leadership qualities and interest in the field of […]

Recognizing National Nurses Week

May 6, 2015

Nurses play a fundamental and vital role in the lives of patients living with a bleeding disorder. Day after day they help to manage and run our important Hemophilia Treatment Centers (HTCs), answers phone calls in the middle of the night, teach children how to self-infuse at summer camp, and give unconditional support and compassion […]

Dear Addy: Is It Safe To Get A Tattoo With Hemophilia?

April 20, 2015

  Dear Addy, I want to get a tattoo, but am worried that my hemophilia will complicate things. Is this safe? Signed, Un-Inked ________ Dear Un-Inked, This is a subject that you and your hematologist need to discuss. Here are some questions to ask your hematologist: Safety—Is it safe for someone with hemophilia to get […]

Dear Addy: 340B Programs

April 7, 2015

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 […]

Kedrion Announces Safer Manufacture Process for Koate Antihemophilic Factor

April 6, 2015

Note: This is an edited version of a Kedrion press release. To read the full release, click here.  ____________________ Kedrion Biopharma proudly announced that Koate® Double Viral Inactivation (DVI) Antihemophilic Factor (human) is now being manufactured using a process that further enhances the safety and purity of that product. Koate-DVI is used in the treatment […]

CDC Research Study: Female Hemophilia Carriers Have Joint Abnormalities

March 31, 2015

Research has suggested that women who are carriers for hemophilia (see definition in box below) might have an increased tendency to bleed. Repeat bleeding into the joint can lead to persistent joint swelling, ultimately leading to limited joint movement, and reduced joint range of motion. Given that there is an under-appreciation of the effects of being a […]

Infusing Love: A True Black & Blue Sensation

March 4, 2015

While the rest of the world is debating whether a dress is black and blue or gold and white, one thing I know for certain is that my son, Thomas, has been black and blue many times over the last eleven years. Do you think the world understands why? You might remember HFA’s Hemophilia Awareness […]

Dear Addy: COBRA and the ACA

February 23, 2015

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 […]

Living Fit With von Willebrand Disease

February 13, 2015

One of the most common bleeding disorders in women is von Willebrand Disease (vWD), which occurs in about 1% of the US population. Heavy bleeding is one of the most common problems women report to their doctors. It affects more than 10 million American women each year. This means that about one out of every […]


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