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Infusing Love: A New Day Has Come

November 13, 2019

I never thought this day would come鈥. When Myles was first diagnosed with hemophilia A, I knew we had a long road ahead of us. Doctor appointments and worrying about safety both inside and outside of school, could always be scary. However, the scariest was the responsibility of making sure Myles always had the correct […]

Infusing Love: Stand Up to Bullying

November 6, 2019

  Bullying has no shame. It shows no prejudice. Bullying affects anyone of any size, age, and ethnicity.聽 It affects all of us. When I watch grown people intentionally hurt each other with words and actions, it always surprises me. One day I asked a young lady why she was making fun of her coworker. […]

Washington Wire: October 2019

October 31, 2019

Open Enrollment begins for 2020 insurance plans. The Open Enrollment Period聽is a time frame each year when health insurance plans聽are required by law to accept applications from聽new plan聽enrollees regardless of their health history. This also is the time when you can choose to stay with your existing health plan if it is the right one […]

Dear Addy: 2020 Open Enrollment

October 30, 2019

Dear Addy, I keep seeing reminders about open enrollment beginning November 1, 2019. As a person with a bleeding disorder, what should I look for in an insurance plan? Signed, Investigating Insurance Dear Investigator, The聽Open Enrollment Period聽is a time frame each year when health insurance plans or聽HMOs (health maintenance organizations)聽are required by law to accept […]

Infusing Love: Keys to the Kingdom

October 30, 2019

Over the last several years, I have been focused on the idea of transition and independence as Thomas speeds through his adolescence. While he will always be my little boy, I simply have to face the facts that this six-foot, 16-year-old will be making decisions for himself and his healthcare in short order. There have […]

Dear Addy: Medicare Open Enrollment 2020

October 23, 2019

Dear Addy, I am a Medicare beneficiary weighing my plan options for 2020. What do I need to know about choosing a plan for the coming year? Medicare Beneficiary Dear Beneficiary, Every year Medicare open enrollment runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. This is the time of year when you can decide to stay […]

Infusing Love: Stand Up to Bullying

October 23, 2019

  October is National Bullying Prevention Month. For older moms, we think of bullying happening at school and after school in the neighborhood. But the unfortunate reality is that there is now the addition of bullying at home through social media and texts.聽 Historically, many have referred to bullying as a 鈥渃hildhood rite of passage.鈥 […]

Genentech Response to HFA-NHF Letter Regarding Particulate Matter in Hemlibra

October 17, 2019

On October 16, 2019, Genentech sent the following letter to HFA and NHF. Genentech鈥檚 letter responds to questions posed in the joint HFA-NHF letter of October 11, regarding reports of particulate matter in vials of Hemlibra. HFA and NHF will keep the bleeding disorders community informed as further information develops. Please note that HFA and […]

CSL Behring Announces Printing Misalignment for Humate-P

October 15, 2019

CSL Behring has advised HFA and NHF of a printing misalignment on the label of its Humate P product for von Willebrand disease. You can read CSL Behring鈥檚 statement, and see images of the product box,聽below. While the current Humate P notification is prompted by a printing error on the outside of the box, NHF […]

Joint Letter from HFA-NHF to Genentech Regarding Particulate Matter in Hemlibra

October 11, 2019

Hemophilia Federation of America and National Hemophilia Foundation continue to follow up on issues arising from Genentech鈥檚 recent announcement regarding reports of particulate matter in vials of Hemlibra. You can read comments on the聽statement from NHF鈥檚 Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC). Today HFA and NHF sent Genentech a letter with additional questions, which you […]

FDA Approves Octapharma鈥檚 Wilate for Hemophilia A in Adult and Adolescent Patients

October 9, 2019

The following is a press release from Octapharma. Read the press release in its entirety here. Octapharma USA today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved WILATE庐 for treatment of adults and adolescents with hemophilia A for routine prophylaxis to reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes and on demand treatment and control […]

Genentech Issues Statement on Hemlibra Particles; MASAC Responds

October 7, 2019

Today, Genentech provided the following statement regarding reports of particulate matter in vials of Hemlibra. You can read Genentech鈥檚 statement below, and can read comments on the statement from NHF鈥檚 Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC). The events of the past several months, including today鈥檚 announcement by Genentech, underscore the importance of the joint Safety […]

Mes de la Herencia Hispana: La Intimidad en Pareja

October 7, 2019

Por: Andy Anderson Para 驴Mujeres con trastornos hemorr谩gicos? 驴Parejas donde los hombres tienen trastornos hemorr谩gicos? 驴Padres sin trastorno hemorr谩gico pero un ni帽o o ni帽a que s铆 tiene un trastorno hemorr谩gico? Es su derecho decidir c贸mo, cu谩ndo, por qu茅 y a qui茅n divulgar detalles sobre su estado de salud; esto incluye amistades, as铆 como relaciones rom谩nticas […]

HFA & NHF Discuss Bayer Recall with FDA

October 7, 2019

HFA and NHF are pleased to share a brief update with the community concerning a recent meeting we had with the FDA as well as a number of additional resources that the FDA provided after the call.聽 HFA and NHF will continue to update the bleeding disorders community as any further information develops. Please note […]

Infusing Love: Pride and Perseverance

October 3, 2019

  My mother was called a 鈥渂leeder鈥 when I was growing up. I remember she almost died from a hemorrhage after surgery and her nose constantly needed to be packed at the emergency room due to nose bleeds. I never bled like her and never considered I might have something too. I went 36 years […]

HFA & NHF Collaborate on Safety Concerns

October 1, 2019

  Recently there has been a lot of news related to the safety of the bleeding disorders community. HFA & NHF are working together to address the issues important to patients. Please read for further information on how you can provide your thoughts and concerns and to learn more about our plans for moving forward.

Washington Wire: September 2019

September 30, 2019

The drug pricing debate聽in Washington resumed when Congress returned from its summer recess 鈥 though many observers question whether Congress will be able to pass legislation this year, due to policy disagreements between the majority and minority parties; the short period of time available before the 2020 elections; and the spillover effects of the impeachment […]

Bayer Responds to HFA-NHF Letter

September 27, 2019

On Sept. 27, 2019, Bayer sent the following letter聽and pharmacovigilance summary聽to HFA and NHF. Bayer submitted these materials in response to a joint HFA-NHF letter, part of the ongoing dialog over Bayer鈥檚 distribution and subsequent recall of two lots of improperly labeled, expired clotting factor. Please note that NHF and HFA do not recommend, endorse […]

Genentech Patient Foundation Responds to HFA-NHF Letter

September 27, 2019

On September 24, 2019, HFA and NHF sent a聽letter聽to Genentech and MedVantx regarding the shipment of incorrect length injection needles to patients who receive Hemlibra through the Genentech Patient Foundation. The Genentech Patient Foundation responded to our inquiries by letter dated September 25, 2019. You can read their response聽here. HFA and NHF will update the […]

Infusing Love: La comunicaci贸n con nuestros hijos e hijas

September 25, 2019

  Tener una buena comunicaci贸n con nuestros hijos e hijas no siempre es f谩cil.聽 Para esto es imprescindible saber estilos adecuados de comunicaci贸n para conocer a nuestros reto帽os m谩s, para saber lo que piensan, para entenderlos m谩s y para saber c贸mo se sienten.聽 De hecho, la comunicaci贸n entre padres e hijos es esencial para fomentar […]

Joint Statement #1 on Genentech Patient Foundation/Medvantx Needle Error

September 24, 2019

Late in the day on Friday, September 20, 2019, Genentech informed HFA and NHF that a contracted specialty pharmacy, Medvantx, had shipped incorrect length injection needles to patients who receive Hemlibra through the Genentech Patient Foundation. HFA and NHF posted that notice on September 21st. Today we followed up with a letter to Genentech and […]

Mes de la Herencia Hispana: Salud Mental en Hombres Latinos con Hemofilia, una Realidad Invisible

September 24, 2019

En pleno siglo 21 luchamos con la pobre educaci贸n y conocimiento que se tiene sobre la Hemofilia u otras enfermedades cr贸nicas padecidas en hombres. A esto le sumamos las creencias sobre roles y masculinidades que invitan a los hombres a no atender su estado de salud emocional. Existe un discurso social predominante a trav茅s de […]

Joint Statement #5 on Recall of Bayer Kogenate庐 FS Lots

September 23, 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 […]

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 […]


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