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Genentech Patient Foundation/Medvantx Announce Ancillary Safety Issue

September 21, 2019

HFA has received the聽following notice from Genentech regarding the shipment of incorrect length injection needles to patients who receive Hemlibra through the Genentech Patient Foundation: “We were recently informed that ancillary supplies shipped by a specialty pharmacy, Medvantx, to a specific group of patients receiving Hemlibra through the Genentech Patient Foundation contained incorrect length injection […]

Infusing Love: Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

September 18, 2019

Ver abajo para espa帽ol I鈥檓 pretty sure everyone in Puerto Rico remembers where they were when they heard of the planes crashing on the twin towers in New York. I was at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, studying for my second bachelor鈥檚 degree in music. I was sitting in the hallway trying to […]

FDA Identifies Biomarker for Immune Response to FVIII Products Used to Treat Hemophilia A

September 17, 2019

The following is a press release from the FDA. Read the press release on the FDA website聽here. Scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration developed a technique that enables them to determine whether immune system cells called dendritic cells appear primed to trigger the production of antibodies against Factor VIII (FVIII) products used to […]

Mes de la Herencia Hispana: La menstruaci贸n es un proceso natural

September 16, 2019

La menstruaci贸n es un proceso natural como cualquier otro. Por: Andy Anderson y Martha Boria “Ahora eres una mujer”. “Aqu铆 est谩n las toallas higi茅nicas”. “Puedes sostener una toalla de agua caliente en el est贸mago por los dolores”. 驴Suena esto familiar? Para muchos de nosotros, hablar de per铆odos era solo algo que pod铆amos hacer con mam谩. […]

Dear Addy: Public Charge Rule

September 16, 2019

Dear Addy, I鈥檝e seen HFA post on social media about changes to the public charge rule. What are the changes and how could they affect the bleeding disorders community? Signed, Concerned Advocate Dear Advocate, Para obtener informaci贸n en espa帽ol, haga clic aqu铆. Thanks for reaching out about this important and developing issue. As you may […]

Hemophilia Federation of America names VP of Advancement as Interim President and CEO

September 4, 2019

Sept. 3, 2019 After the recent resignation of long-time President and CEO, Kimberly Haugstad, Hemophilia Federation of America has named its Vice President of Advancement, Sharon Meyers, as interim President and CEO. Meyers, who began her role on Sept. 1, brings a wealth of experience to the position while HFA鈥檚 board of directors finds a […]

Washington Wire: August 2019

August 30, 2019

New rule causes concern over legal immigrants鈥 use of Medicaid and certain other public benefits En Espa帽ol Patient groups聽representing millions of Americans with serious health conditions voiced strong concern about a U.S. Department of Homeland Security final rule released on August 12, 2019. The new rule directs DHS to broadly expand the 鈥減ublic charge鈥 evaluation […]

August 30, 2019

UNA REGLA NUEVA CAUSA PREOCUPACI脫N SABRE EL USO DE MEDICAID Y CIERTOS OTROS BENEFICIOS P脷BLICOS POR INMIGRANTES LEGALES Grupos de pacientes que representan a millones de estadounidenses con condiciones de salud grave expresaron una gran preocupaci贸n por una reglamentaci贸n final emitida el pasado 12 de agosto de 2019 por el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de […]

Infusing Love: Literally Driving Me Crazy!

August 29, 2019

One night I was cooking tacos for dinner. I was browning the beef and preparing to add the seasoning for the 10-minute simmer. I went to get the taco season package and the soft taco wraps out the pantry, when I realized I didn鈥檛 buy the soft taco wraps! There is nothing worse than realizing […]

FDA Issues a MedWatch Safety Alert Regarding Certain Hepatitis C Medications

August 28, 2019

The following is an excerpt from a FDA MedWatch Safety Alert. Read the full safety announcement here. FDA has received reports that the use of Mavyret, Zepatier, or Vosevi to treat chronic Hepatitis C in patients with moderate to severe liver impairment has resulted in rare cases of worsening liver function or liver failure. FDA […]

Joint Statement #4 on Recall of Bayer Kogenate庐 FS Lots

August 22, 2019

Hemophilia Federation of America and National Hemophilia Foundation continue to follow up on issues arising from Bayer鈥檚 distribution of mislabeled, expired clotting factor and subsequent recall of that product. The most recent set of joint HFA-NHF inquiries to Bayer focused on the short- and long-term medical consequences for affected patients. Bayer today released this response […]

Understanding FDA Drug Recall Procedures

August 19, 2019

It is important to pay attention when a product is recalled, but with all the different sources of information, and the different types of recalls, it can be confusing! The Food and Drug Administration follows several different recall procedures, outlined in the Regulatory Procedures Manual.[1] Recalls are used because they have the potential to be […]

Dear Addy: Off to College

August 19, 2019

Dear Addy, My family is active with our local bleeding disorders community, but now I am going to college in a different state. How do I find an organization near my school so I can remain involved as a community advocate in a new state and at the national level? Signed, Active Young Advocate Dear […]

Word From Washington: Patient Groups Release Statement on New Public Charge Rule

August 13, 2019

Patient groups representing millions of Americans with serious health conditions voiced strong concern about a U.S. Department of Homeland Security final rule released on August 12, 2019. The new rule directs DHS to broadly expand the 鈥減ublic charge鈥 evaluation 鈥 which aims to determine whether an individual is likely to become dependent on the government […]

Intern Introspective: Dylan’s Experience

August 10, 2019

Hemophilia Federation of America鈥檚 Policy and Government Relations Internship has come to a close for 2019. Last week, Jasmin shared her thoughts on the summer and this week we hear from Dylan. HFA is very grateful for all of the work Jasmin and Dylan have completed in 10 short weeks. We can鈥檛 wait to see […]

Intern Introspective: Jasmin’s Experience

August 2, 2019

Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy and governmental relations interns to our D.C. office. Jasmin and Dylan 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, Jasmin and Dylan […]

Washington Wire: July 2019

July 31, 2019

FEATURED STORIES Product recall announced; patient organizations are in ongoing communications with manufacturer Bayer announced the recall of two lots of Kogenate庐聽FS antihemophilic factor (recombinant) 2000 I.U. vials on July 19, 2019. Bayer announced that 3000 I.U. of one product (Jivi), past its expiration date, had been mislabeled as another product (2000 I.U. of Kogenate […]

Joint Statement #2 on Recall of Bayer Kogenate庐 FS Lots

July 31, 2019

Bayer announced the recall of two lots of Kogenate庐聽FS antihemophilic factor (recombinant) 2000 I.U. vials on July 19, 2019. Bayer announced that 3000 I.U. of one product (Jivi), past its expiration date, had been mislabeled as another product (2000 I.U. of Kogenate FS) and distributed to the public for six months. This is a deeply […]

Joint Statement on Recall of Bayer Kogenate庐聽FS Lots

July 26, 2019

Last week, Bayer announced the recall of two lots of Kogenate庐聽FS antihemophilic factor (recombinant) 2000 IU vials.That highly concerning announcement has raised many questions on the part of both national organizations and community members. The fact that one product (Jivi), past its expiration date, was mislabeled as another product (Kogenate FS) and distributed to the […]

Infusing Love: New Challenges

July 25, 2019

  Back in February Maddox鈥檚 provider suggested we try a new medicine. This medicine would allow him to be poked subcutaneously once a week, and with no need of factor replacement unless there is an emergency. After about six months on the new medication, we went in for Maddox鈥檚 yearly appointment, and removing his port […]

HFA Awarded PCORI Grant to Engage Women in Research

July 25, 2019

Hemophilia Federation of America has received a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for its FIRST (Females in Research Sharing and Translation) Project to improve opportunities for women to be engaged in patient-centered research. The capacity-building grant will support HFA鈥檚 FIRST Project which will begin by identifying how women are […]

Word From Washington: District Court Upholds Rule about Short-Term Limited Health Plans

July 19, 2019

District Court Ruling Upholding Short-Term Health Insurance Rule聽Could Make Comprehensive Coverage Unaffordable; Leave Many Uncovered Patient groups representing millions of Americans with serious health conditions are voicing concern about access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon today upheld an administration rule expanding access to short-term limited-duration (STLD) health plans. […]

Intern Introspective: Summer in D.C.

July 19, 2019

  Jasmin and Dylan have spent the past seven weeks busy working on projects in HFA鈥檚 office. When they are not attending briefings, researching and writing their policy projects, and participating in team meetings, they are getting to know Washington, D.C. In this week鈥檚 blog, Jasmin and Dylan share how they鈥檝e made the most out […]

RECALL NOTICE: Bayer Voluntarily Recalling Factor 8 Product

July 19, 2019

The following is a press release from Bayer regarding a voluntary recall. PATIENTS SHOULD NOT USE THIS PRODUCT! Bayer is voluntarily recalling two lots of Kogenate庐 FS antihemophilic factor (recombinant) 2000 IU vials in the United States to the patient level. Certain vials from these two lots that were labeled as Kogenate FS actually contain […]

Infusing Love: Coming to Terms

July 18, 2019

  Omar was born in New Jersey, weighing close to 10 pounds. His second day at the hospital, I received the news of his hemophilia diagnosis. Initially, I felt isolated and alone and I did not know where to begin my search for information, assistance, understanding, and support. Despite that I had some knowledge because […]

Word From Washington: HFA Signs On to Letter Opposing Medicaid Block Grants

July 18, 2019

Patient Groups Express Strong Opposition to Medicaid Block Grants Proposals for Block Grants or Per Capita Caps in Medicaid Would Harm Patients with Serious and Chronic Health Conditions Today, 27 patient groups submitted a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma expressing strong opposition to policies that would allow states […]

SPECIAL PRESIDENT AND CEO ANNOUNCEMENT

July 16, 2019

Dear Bleeding Disorders Community 鈥 I want to let you know that I will be stepping down from HFA as your President and CEO at the end of August. Leaving HFA has been an incredibly difficult decision I have been wrestling with for about a year.聽 I love HFA but ultimately this is just the […]

Dear Addy: Back to School 2019

July 12, 2019

Dear Addy, My son has hemophilia and I鈥檓 nervous about his safety as he starts school this year. How can I advocate for him at school and make sure his bleeding disorder is understood? Signed, Nervous Nancy Dear Nervous, You are not alone 鈥 many families struggle with this experience! Taking a proactive approach to […]

Word From Washington: HFA Monitoring ACA Case

July 10, 2019

HFA continues to monitor the Texas v. United States case, in which a U.S. district court declared that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional by virtue of Congress鈥檚 2017 repeal of the ACA鈥檚 individual mandate tax penalty. The district court ruling has been appealed by California and 19 other states, along with the U.S. […]

HFA Given Highest Honors by Two Nationally-Known Nonprofit Watchdogs

July 8, 2019

  Hemophilia Federation of America is committed to transparency, a fact recently recognized when the organization received a four-star rating by Charity Navigator and a Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar, two respected nonprofit watchdogs. With an annual operating budget of more than $6 million, HFA relies on a diversity of funding sources and is […]


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