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FDA Approves Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Genotypes 1 and 4

February 1, 2016

Note: The following is an edited form of a press release from the Food and Drug Administration. The original form of the release can be read here. On Thursday, January 28, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Zepatier (elbasvir and grazoprevir) with or without ribavirin for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) […]

Update #2: SIPPET Study

December 10, 2015

This past weekend, the聽American Society of Hematology (ASH), a worldwide organization of 15,000+ medical and scientific experts on blood diseases,聽held their 57th Annual Meeting to discuss new treatments and research methods. During this meeting, a group of doctors from around the globe presented the findings of the Survey of Inhibitors in Plasma-Product Exposed Toddlers (SIPPET). […]

Pain and Mobility Are Major Problems for Patients with Hemophilia

December 8, 2015

Note: The following originally appeared on MDMagazine.com. New research further supports the understanding that patients with hemophilia suffer from pain and mobility issues, and it went on to uncover which joints are most greatly affected by the condition. Christine Kempton, MD, MSc, from Emory University in Georgia, and colleagues used multiple strategies to find how […]

UPDATE #1: Results of Toddler Inhibitor Study (SIPPET) Announced

November 14, 2015

The American Society of Hemophilia (ASH) released information about their upcoming 57th ASH Annual Meeting, which will be held December 5-8, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Included in the program information is a paper abstract about the SIPPET study (Survey of Inhibitors in Plasma-Product Exposed Toddlers.)聽A plenary session with further information will be presented at the […]

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庐 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 […]

HFA Recognizes International Plasma Awareness Week

October 11, 2015

HFA joins Plasma Protein Therapeutic Association (PPTA) and its other Member Companies sponsor the second International Plasma Awareness Week (IPAW) to be celebrated globally October 9-15, 2016.聽This event is held annually and is designed to: Raise global awareness about source plasma collection Recognize the contributions of plasma donors to saving and improving lives Increase understanding […]

FDA Clears Two New Oral Drugs for Hepatitis C

July 27, 2015

Note: This article originally appeared on Medscape.聽To read the FDA release on聽Daklinza (genotype 3), click here. For the FDA release regarding聽Technivie (genotype 4), click here. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two new drugs today for hepatitis C (HCV), one for genotype 3 and the other for genotype 4. The first medication is […]

A Gene-Sequence Swap Using CRISPR To Cure Hemophilia

July 24, 2015

Note: The following is taken from a press release from the Korean-based Institute for Basic Science. To read the original release, click here. Sufferers of hemophilia live in a perpetual state of stress and anxiety: their joints wear down prematurely and they have bleeding episodes that feel like they will never end. Their bodies lack […]

FDA Making Progress With Blood Safety Monitoring System

May 15, 2015

Last December,聽Food and Drug Administration (FDA)聽Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg 聽set forth a recommendation to聽change the current blood donation policy for men who have sex with men (MSM). The old policy, set forth in the height of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, barred men who have had sex with men since 1977 from donating blood. […]

New Study Deems Long Lasting Anti-Hemophilia Factor Safe in Kids

April 27, 2015

Note: This press release was originally published by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. To read the original post, please click here. ____________________ Children with hemophilia A require three to four infusions each week to prevent bleeding episodes, chronic pain and joint damage. The effect on quality of life can be significant, due to time and discomfort […]

Gilead鈥檚 $1,000 HCV Pill Is Hard for States to Swallow

April 8, 2015

Note: This story was originally published by Joseph Walker,聽Wall Street Journal reporter, on April 8, 2015. To see the original post, click here. ____________________ A pricey pill made by聽Gilead Sciences聽Inc.聽caused Medicaid spending on hepatitis C treatments to soar last year, even as most states restricted access to the drug, leaving many low-income patients untreated. State […]

Inhibitor Patients Have Increased Risk for Joint Disease & Other Complications

April 3, 2015

Note: The below email was sent by the Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 3, 2015: People with聽hemophilia聽lack a protein (a clotting factor) necessary for blood to clot normally. This can lead to spontaneous bleeding as well as bleeding following injuries or surgery. The best way to treat hemophilia is to replace the […]

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聽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.聽Given that there is an under-appreciation of the effects of being a […]

Reuters: Britain’s Prime Minster Apologizes For Infected Blood In 70s, 80s

March 27, 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron apologized on Wednesday, March 26, 2015 to thousands of people who were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C after being treated for unrelated conditions with contaminated blood in the 1970s and 1980s. Survivors and relatives of people who died after being infected through blood therapies or transfusions have campaigned for […]

New Gene Therapy For Hemophilia Shows Potential As Safe Treatment

March 12, 2015

Research showed that bleeding events were drastically decreased in animals with Hemophilia B. Using a viral vector to swap out faulty genes proved safe and could be used for the more common Hemophilia A. _______________________________ A multi-year, ongoing study suggests that a new kind of gene therapy for Hemophilia B could be safe and effective […]

Acquired Hemophilia A Successfully Treated with Rituximab

February 25, 2015

The following is an abstract from the March issue of the聽Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases. To read the full article, click here. _____________ Acquired hemophilia A (AHA) is a rare bleeding disorder due to the development of specific autoantibodies against factor VIII. The anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody Rituximab has been proven to be effective […]

CDC Webinar: Reproductive Issues in Women with Bleeding Disorders

January 28, 2015

On Thursday, January 22, 2015, the聽CDC聽hosted a webinar to help women with a bleeding disorder recognize the signs and symptoms of reproductive issues. The webinar was facilitated by聽Andra H. James, MD. Dr. James is Consulting Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University, where she also has an appointment in the Division of Hematology. Dr. […]

FDA approves Viekira Pak to treat Hepatitis C

January 5, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Viekira Pak (ombitasvir, paritaprevir and ritonavir tablets co-packaged with dasabuvir tablets) to treat patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection, including those with a type of advanced liver disease called cirrhosis. Hepatitis C is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver that […]

FDA Makes Statement on MSM Blood Donor Deferral Policy

December 23, 2014

Today, Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set forth a recommendation to change the current MSM blood donation policy. The current policy, set forth in the height of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, forbade men who have had sex with men since 1977 from donating blood. The new policy […]

Update #3: NHF’s MASAC Assessment on Inhibitor Studies

December 3, 2014

On September 24, 2014, the medical journal,聽Blood, came out with a study called,聽Recombinant Factor VIII Products and Inhibitor Development in Previously Untreated Boys with Severe Hemophilia A.聽 This study suggests聽that inhibitor incidence is higher in previously untreated patients (PUPs) with severe hemophilia A that are using聽Kogenate/Helixate.聽 The聽World Hemophilia Federation聽(WHF) issued a聽statement on October 6,聽and another […]

Promising Gene Therapy Results in Treating Hemophilia B

November 20, 2014

On November 19, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital announced the results of their ongoing gene therapy partnership with University College London and the Royal Free Hospital. The report indicates success in the trial, which used a modified adeno associated virus (AAV) 8 to deliver genetic material for making Factor IX in Hemophilia B patients. In […]

Update #2: FDA will Review Study Suggesting Higher Inhibitor Incidence in PUPS

November 20, 2014

On September 24, 2014, the medical journal,聽Blood, came out with a study called,聽Recombinant Factor VIII Products and Inhibitor Development in Previously Untreated Boys with Severe Hemophilia A.聽 This study suggests聽that inhibitor incidence is higher in previously untreated patients (PUPs) with severe hemophilia A that are using聽Kogenate/Helixate. The Food and Drug Administration聽(FDA)聽and European Medicines Agency (EMA)聽have […]

Stanford University: New Form of Gene Therapy Could Cure Hemophilia in Mice

October 30, 2014

[glossary_exclude] A technique developed by Stanford researchers could provide a safer, longer-lasting method of replacing faulty, disease-causing genes with working copies. The ability to pop a working copy of a faulty gene into a patient鈥檚 genome is a tantalizing goal for many clinicians treating genetic diseases. Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine […]

FDA Approves New Treatment for Rare Form of Hemophilia

October 25, 2014

On Friday, October 24, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Obizur [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), Porcine Sequence] for the treatment of bleeding episodes in adults with acquired hemophilia A (acquired Factor VIII [FVIII] deficiency). Acquired hemophilia A is a rare, but potentially life threatening, bleeding disorder caused by the development of antibodies (immune system […]

FDA Approves First Combination Pill to Treat Hepatitis C

October 10, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir) to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection. Harvoni is the first combination pill approved to treat chronic HCV genotype 1 infection. It is also the first approved regimen that does not require administration with interferon or ribavirin, two FDA-approved drugs […]

New Study Findings on Young Women and Bleeding Disorders

October 9, 2014

[glossary_exclude] This information was originally sent by the Division of Blood Disorders in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an email on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.[/glossary_exclude] ____________________________________ Information about bleeding disorders is vital for young women. It can help them recognize […]

Brighter Outlook for Community Members Affected by HCV

October 8, 2014

Hepatitis C (HCV), often referred to as the 鈥渟ilent killer鈥, has been a serious crisis for the bleeding disorders community, who contracted the disease from contaminated blood products prior to the early 1990s. Treatments exist, but with many difficult side effects and mediocre efficacy. However, advocacy in the bleeding disorders community has contributed to the […]

Update #1: Study Suggests Higher Inhibitor Incidence in PUPS Using Kogenate/Helixate

October 6, 2014

On September 24, 2014, the medical journal, Blood, came out with a study called, Recombinant Factor VIII Products and Inhibitor Development in Previously Untreated Boys with Severe Hemophilia A.聽 This study suggests聽that inhibitor incidence is higher in previously untreated patients (PUPs) with severe Hemophilia A that are using Kogenate/Helixate (Bayer/Nexgen). Click here to read the […]

Important Information About Respiratory Illness EV-D68

September 12, 2014

Cooler weather and back to school triggers the start of virus season.聽 More time spent indoors in close proximity to those that we work, play, learn, and live with聽provides a great opportunity for viruses to work their way from one person to the next.聽 While we all try to stay healthy, it is especially important […]

Researchers Prevent Inhibitors in Mice with Hemophilia

September 5, 2014

New and exciting news recently published in the journal Blood about a possible method to prevent and treat inhibitors. A聽University of Pennsylvania聽researcher has successfully prevented inhibitors from forming in mice with聽hemophilia聽by using a plant-based drug to teach the immune system to tolerate clotting factors. Read this University of Pennsylvania 聽press release in its entirety. ____________________________ […]


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