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Genentech Provides Update to US District Court Decision

August 31, 2020

The following is an excerpt from an update from Genentech. Read the update in its entirety here. Genentech has provided a statement surrounding an August 27, 2020 US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruling which 聽reverses a previous ruling by the US District Court. In December 2018, the US District Court issued a patent interpretation […]

Genentech Releases Update on Particles Identified in Hemlibra

August 31, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a statement from Genentech. Read the statement in its entirety here. Genentech has announced an update on measures that are being taken in relation to the translucent particles that were identified in Hemlibra庐 (emicizumab-kxwh) in 2019 during a routine examination of product batches as part of quality assurance processes. […]

2020 Symposium Final Night Event Performance

August 29, 2020

A huge thank you to the performers who made HFA’s 2020 Symposium Final Night Event amazing! Learn more about these talented performers from around the world: Ben Seidman聽|聽Magician聽鈥 Penn & Teller’s Fool Us, Mindfreak, Magic Outlaws William Wei-Lang Lin聽|聽Diabolo 鈥 Cirque du Soleil 鈥婼teve Langley | Soap聽Bubble Manipulation聽鈥 Guinness World Records Michael Karas | Juggler聽鈥 […]

HFA Board Elects Officers for 2020/2021

August 29, 2020

At its Aug. 24, 2020 annual meeting, the Hemophilia Federation of America Board of Directors approved its most recent officers to serve on the executive committee. The board of directors approved the following individuals as officers: Allie Ritcey, Chair Steve Long, Vice Chair Gillian Schultz, Secretary Clyde (J.R.) Brawner, Treasurer Carletha Gates, Member at Large […]

Takeda Suspends Screening & Further Enrollment in TAK-754, TAK-748 Clinical Studies

August 21, 2020

The following is an excerpt from an update from Takeda. Read the update in its entirety here. Takeda recently informed HFA of it’s decision聽to suspend screening and further enrollment in聽the TAK-754 and TAK-748 clinical studies, effective immediately. TAK-754 is an AAV8 gene therapy for the treatment of hemophilia A currently in Phase 1/2 clinical聽development, while […]

HFA Responds to News of FDA Action on BioMarin Gene Therapy Application

August 19, 2020

Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. Today BioMarin announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a letter indicating that BioMarin鈥檚 investigational gene therapy for severe hemophilia A is not ready for approval in its present form. BioMarin says the FDA has asked for two years of follow-up data showing evidence of […]

Dear Addy: Frantic Freshman

August 18, 2020

    Dear Addy, This will be my first year going off to college and I鈥檓 a little bit nervous about it. The prospect of traveling hundreds of miles away from home and my HTC was already daunting, and COVID has only made this big transition feel even bigger. What can I do to make […]

Stimate Recall – CSL Behring & Ferring Pharmaceuticals Announces Extension of Stimate Recall to Consumer Level

August 13, 2020

Ferring Pharmaceuticals announced it was extending the recall of Stimate (desmopressin) to the consumer/user level. Stimate is manufactured by Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. and is distributed and sold in the United States by CSL Behring. This marks an expansion of Ferring鈥檚 initial July 2020 plans to conduct a narrower pharmacy-level recall. Under a consumer-level recall, people […]

Infusing Love: All the Adult Things

August 13, 2020

My son, Michael, has severe hemophilia B. He is soon to be 28 years old. Wow! That time flew by! I remember the day we found out he had hemophilia. He was 11 days old. We were shocked, scared and ready to take on this challenge life had given us.聽 We educated ourselves and our […]

BD Announces Voluntary Recall of ChloraPrep™ 3 mL Applicator in Specific U.S. Territories and Countries

August 12, 2020

NOTE:聽The recall does not apply to any states in the United States, it only applies to the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a global medical technology company, announced a voluntary recall on June […]

Stimate Recall – CSL Behring & Ferring Pharmaceuticals Response to HFA-NHF Letter

August 7, 2020

  Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. On July 21, 2020, Ferring Pharmaceuticals issued a voluntary recall of Stimate (desmopressin) nasal spray due to 鈥渟uperpotency鈥 鈥 in other words, amounts of desmopressin being higher than specified. Stimate is used to treat von Willebrand disease (VWD) and mild hemophilia A. It is licensed and distributed […]

Infusing Love: We Are Strong!

August 4, 2020

Strong. Every January I reflect on the year to come. I chose a word based on something personal, either to myself or to our family. This year I chose the word: Strong. I chose that word specific to my goals for the year. I鈥檝e been a consistent runner since 2015. In fact, I love it […]

Washington Wire: July 2020

July 31, 2020

Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. Product recall announced On July 21, CSL Behring and Ferring Pharmaceuticals announced a聽recall聽of multiple lots of Stimate (desmopressin),聽in the United States and in other countries around the world. The recall was prompted by the manufacturer鈥檚 discovery of out-of-specification levels of the active ingredient in the marketed product. This聽announcement […]

Intern Introspective: An Average Week

July 30, 2020

It鈥檚 hard to believe, but our summer interns are more than halfway through their time with us this summer. In this blog post Will and Tameelah give you an inside look into an average week in the life of an intern, and in Will鈥檚 words, 鈥渉opefully inspire some intrepid young person to apply for this […]

Infusing Love: The Power of Symposium

July 29, 2020

  Attending HFA鈥檚 Symposium has always fascinated me. I have attended a few symposiums with my family: St. Louis, Cleveland, Las Vegas, and San Diego. During symposium, I networked with individuals who were in various fields: social workers, physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and patients.聽 Days were filled with inspirational kickoff and educational breakout sessions. There […]

Joint Statement on Recall of Stimate

July 22, 2020

Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. On July 21, CSL Behring and Ferring Pharmaceuticals announced the recall of multiple lots of Stimate (desmopressin)聽in the United States, as part of a global recall. This聽troubling聽announcement has raised many questions on the part of national and international patient organizations and community members. Today, HFA and NHF have聽submitted […]

RECALL NOTICE: Voluntary Recall of Stimate (Desmopressin Acetate)

July 21, 2020

Click Below to Translate Page to Spanish. Late today (July 21, 2020), HFA and NHF learned of a聽pharmacy level聽product recall of聽Stimate (desmopressin)聽nasal spray manufactured by Ferring Pharmaceuticals,聽and聽distributed in the U.S. by CSL Behring. Ferring has prepared a Health Hazard Safety Evaluation, warning that 鈥渢here is a reasonable probability that the use of, or exposure to, […]

Dear Addy: Family Planner

July 21, 2020

Dear Addy, My high school sweetheart and I are in our senior year of college and recently began a conversation about life after school. Are there any resources for us to learn more about starting a family when you know you are a carrier or have a history of bleeding disorders in your family?聽 Signed, […]

Infusing Love: How Do Moms 鈥淒o鈥 a Virtual Symposium?

July 15, 2020

  We are now four or five months into this very bizarre time of the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you鈥檙e like me, 聽you鈥檙e not getting any more used to this 鈥渘ew normal鈥 but rather more than ever, ready for it to be over. While we may be ready to get back to life the way it […]

Intern Introspective: Making Our Mark

July 6, 2020

Earlier this summer, we introduced you to Will and Tameelah, our summer Policy and Government Education interns. Both young adults have been active in their local bleeding disorders community and are passionate about keeping their peers involved. This week we asked Tameelah and Will to share how they want to make their mark in our […]

Infusing Love: You Are Missed

July 1, 2020

You know what I miss? You. I miss you. I miss looking into your eyes, I miss tearing up when I try to explain my struggles and listen to yours. I miss smiling with you when I tell you about my adventures and you tell me yours. I鈥檝e been a part of the bleeding disorder […]

Washington Wire: June 2020

June 30, 2020

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services releases rule paring back anti-discrimination provisions On June 12th, the HHS Office of Civil Rights released a final rule聽re-interpreting anti-discrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The new rule removes explicit patient protections against discrimination by health care providers and insurers. HFA joined with twenty-eight other patient and […]

A Closer Look at Hemophilia Management: Improving Outcomes with Personalized Care Now Available On-Demand

June 24, 2020

A Closer Look at Hemophilia Management: Improving Outcomes with Personalized Care is聽now available On-Demand.聽The聽RareDisease Live video education session was presented by National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD) in partnership with Hemophilia Federation of America and the National Hemophilia Foundation in June 2020. Hemophilia A, also called factor VIII (FVIII) deficiency or classic hemophilia, is […]

Intern Introspective: Meet Our 2020 Policy & Government Relations Interns

June 19, 2020

My name is Tameelah Dawson. I am 21 years old from Lexington, S.C., and currently a senior at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C., pursing a bachelor鈥檚 degree in psychology. I have been heavily active in the hemophilia community for well more than five years. I鈥檝e served as a junior board member for Hemophilia South Carolina […]

Racing Against Time, Medical Researchers, Life Science Companies and COVID-19 Survivors Launch National Campaign to Drive Blood Plasma Donation

June 18, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a press release from CSL Behring. Read the press release in its entirety here. 鈥淭he Fight Is In Us鈥 Campaign Seeks to Mobilize COVID-19 Survivors to Accelerate the Development of Potentially Lifesaving Therapies A coalition of world-leading medical and research institutions, blood centers, life science companies, technology companies, philanthropic […]

Word From Washington: Patient groups warn that Administration policy encourages discrimination in health care

June 16, 2020

HFA joined with twenty-eight other patient and health advocacy groups to issue the following statement 聽regarding a final rule released by the U.S. Office of Civil Rights/HHS on Friday, June 12th. The rule, interpreting anti-discrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act, removes explicit patient protections against discrimination by health care providers and insurers. The groups鈥 […]

Dear Addy: Avid Advocate

June 16, 2020

Dear Addy, Each year, I travel to Washington, D.C., and my state capitol to meet with my legislators and members of Congress to discuss issues that are most important to the bleeding disorders community. Due to COVID-19, I have heard that in-person visits are no longer viable options. How can I make sure my voice […]

Infusing Love: Pay It Forward

June 10, 2020

鈥淓veryone can be great because everyone can serve.鈥 鈥 MLK Jr. 鈥淪ervice to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.鈥 鈥 Mohammed Ali Volunteering is gift. It can be the best things you鈥檒l do 鈥 both for your community and you. For me, there are mental health benefits in getting […]

HFA Statement to the Community/Declaraci贸n de HFA a la comunidad

June 3, 2020

In this unprecedented moment in history as we grapple with a worldwide pandemic, we must also confront the reality of violence and injustice against people of color in our communities and across the nation. The bleeding disorders community knows all too well the effects of inequality, marginalization and the senseless loss of life. While we […]

Infusing Love: La casa y el sal贸n llenos del virus

June 3, 2020

  Un plato lleno de virus y un poco de brillantina es todo lo que se necesit茅 para explicar a mis ni帽as la importancia de lavarse las manos. Cuando mis hijas eran peque帽as enfatizaba fielmente en la importancia de lavarme las manos con agua y jab贸n. Teniendo en cuenta de que ellas tienen un trastorno […]


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