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Shire Submits Investigational New Drug Application to FDA for Gene Therapy candidate SHP654 for treatment of Hemophilia A

July 7, 2017

Note: The following is an edited version of a press release from Shire. Read the press release from Shire in it’s entirety here. Shire has announced the submission of an investigational new drug (IND) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for SHP654, also designated as BAX 888, an investigational factor VIII (FVIII) gene therapy for the […]

New Biopharmaceutical Company, Sigilon Therapeutics, Launches

July 7, 2017

Note: The following is an edited version of a press release from Sigilon Therapeutics. Read the press release from Sigilon Therapeutics in it’s entirety here. Flagship Pioneering, a fully-integrated life science innovation enterprise, recently announced the launch of Sigilon Therapeutics Inc. Sigilon Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops category-defining biocompatible encapsulated cell therapies. Sigilon Therapeutics’ discovery platform combines cell engineering and […]

FitFactor: Enjoying Summer

July 3, 2017

Summer is in full swing, and with so many fun things to do outside, it’s easy to act first – think later. But the hot summer months bring a certain level of risk, so here are a few precautions to take before heading outside. Heat and Sun: We’ve all been there – we spend the […]

Intern Introspective: A Week in the Life

June 30, 2017

The halfway point of our Policy and Government Relations Internship program is an excellent time for the interns to reflect on the first five weeks of their internship. La’Brittinee and Paul break down what an average week looks like for them as an HFA intern. Paul: After our first action packed week of the internship […]

Bleeding Disorders Organizations Urge Senators to Vote No on Better Care Reconciliation Act

June 29, 2017

  For the past few days, our organizations have been encouraging you to call, tweet and email your Senators to vote No on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).  On June 27th, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed the Senate vote on the bill but the vote could occur quickly if Leader McConnell is able […]

Infusing Love: As He Climbs On the Bus

June 28, 2017

By now, for most of us another school year has come to an end. For me this usually means complete and utter joy! No more homework, no more early wakes up to catch the bus, no more worrying about clean PE uniforms, and the list goes on and on. Nicholas just finished the 8th grade. […]

Genentech Announces Results in Emicizumab Phase III Studies (HAVEN 1 And HAVEN 2) in Hemophilia A With Inhibitors

June 26, 2017

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group announced today positive data from the primary analysis of the Phase III HAVEN 1 study in adults and adolescents and interim analysis of the Phase III HAVEN 2 study in children evaluating once-weekly subcutaneous emicizumab prophylaxis (preventative) for the treatment of hemophilia A with inhibitors to factor VIII. […]

Dear Addy: Coverage for New Therapies

June 26, 2017

Dear Addy, I want to switch to a new hemophilia therapy and, though my doctor has prescribed the product, my insurer won’t authorize coverage. How can I get this covered? Signed, Concerned Consumer Dear Consumer, When new therapies come on the market, there is often a lag before health plans add those products to their […]

ACTION ALERT: Ask Your Senators to Vote NO on BCRA!

June 26, 2017

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Senate leadership released a “discussion draft” of its version of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite promises from numerous lawmakers, the Senate bill in fact builds off the much criticized, House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). The Senate discussion draft would, among other things: Undermine protections for […]

Infusing Love: Change of Plans

June 21, 2017

  It’s that time of year when boys and girls go to summer camp. Church camp, art camp, band camp, sports camp and yes, hemophilia camps. My idea of camping and “roughing it” is when we stay at a hotel that is not a “suite.” When my oldest son, Julian, was nearing the age of […]

Fatherhood & Hemophilia

June 18, 2017

Being a father has been the most challenging and most rewarding task God has ever asked of me. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I have found the relationship between my daughter, Bethany, and me to be such paradox at times, but now that we’re both adults, I can’t express how […]

Intern Introspective: Fly In Recap

June 16, 2017

Earlier this summer, we introduced you to La’Brittinee and Paul, our summer Policy interns. They have been busy all over DC, attending Congressional hearings and learning the ropes of working for a national organization. During their first week, they got to experience first-hand the planning and execution of our 4th Annual Patient Fly-In. Below are […]

Infusing Love: Wonder Women

June 14, 2017

  Motherhood is hard work, and often, moms don’t give themselves credit where credit is due. As moms, we need to brag about ourselves and celebrate our victories. We asked our Infusing Love bloggers to share those motherhood moments where they thought to themselves, “Yeah, I’m owning this mom thing.” Try to think of your […]

FDA Accepts Bioverativ’s Application for Investigational Hemophilia A Drug

June 12, 2017

Bioverativ announced on June 12, 2017 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company’s Investigational New Drug (IND) application for BIVV001 (also known as rFVIIIFc-VWF-XTEN), a novel, investigational factor VIII therapy designed to potentially extend protection from bleeds with prophylaxis dosing of once weekly or longer for people with hemophilia A. […]

Dear Addy: History

June 12, 2017

Dear Addy, My daughter has informed me that most people in her generation don’t know anything about AIDS, Hemophilia, or Ryan White. I find this pretty upsetting. How can we educate the next generation about the history of the bleeding disorders community? Sincerely, Old Enough to Remember Dear Remembrance, This is a great question and […]

Infusing Love: Meet Stephanie

June 8, 2017

As parents, we are always talking about the safety of our kids, families, cars, food, neighborhoods, churches, malls etc.  Let’s face it: our world is not as “safe” as it used to be, except when it comes to hemophilia! As a mother of a very active two-year-old, a sister of a stubborn 40-year-old, and the niece […]

Fit Factor: This Summer, Keep Fit With The Fam!

June 5, 2017

With Father’s Day around the corner, now is the time to start thinking up fun, active ways to spend time with your dad. This year, add a new activity to do to make Father’s Day special, like climbing a mountain or going bird watching. Being physically active with your dad (and your family in general), […]

Intern Introspective: Introducing La’Brittinee and Paul

June 2, 2017

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

FDA Approves New Novo Nordisk Treatment for Patients with Hemophilia B

June 1, 2017

  Novo Nordisk recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Biologics License Application for REBINYN® (Coagulation Factor IX (Recombinant), GlycoPEGylated) for the treatment of adults and children with hemophilia B. Novo Nordisk expects to launch REBINYN® in the U.S. in the first half of 2018. For more info on REBINYN, […]

Infusing Love: Meet Lindsay

May 31, 2017

Nine years ago, I was blessed with my oldest son Zachary. With each passing day, he grows into an exceptional young man with love and compassion for everyone he meets. His smile and dimples are infectious and can melt any mother’s heart. Zachary had been the only child for four years when my husband and […]

Dear Addy: Virtual Hill Day

May 30, 2017

Dear Addy, I saw a lot of activity on social media last week about HFA’s Virtual Hill Day and Patient Fly-in. Can I still participate? Signed, Always an Advocate Dear Advocate, YES! On May 24th, HFA organized a Virtual Hill Day, in conjunction with meetings on Capitol Hill, to encourage community members nationwide to contact […]

Infusing Love: Meet Heather, a Brand New Hemo Mom

May 26, 2017

  My life was flipped upside down nearly 3 weeks ago when I became a hemophilia mom. To say that I was shocked is a true understatement. What I thought were little bruises because I had shoved my son Maddox into his bumbo seat, turned out to be a disorder that would affect my baby […]

HFA Honors Congressional Representatives as Champions for Chronic Illness

May 24, 2017

On May 24, 2017, we hosted our 4th Annual Patient Fly-In in Washington, DC alongside an online Virtual Hill Day. As they consider HR 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Senate has indicated that they intend to start from scratch on health reform and they need to hear from their constituents when crafting their plan. […]

Bleeding Disorders Advocates Host Patient Fly-In

May 23, 2017

  Washington, DC– Tomorrow, Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) is hosting a Patient Fly-In and Virtual Hill Day for the bleeding disorders community. As questions surrounding health reform move to the Senate, patients will meet with their Senators, ensuring that their needs are represented. Patients will also participate in a Virtual Hill Day by calling, […]

Infusing Love: Hit the Road, Jack

May 18, 2017

  Every hemo mom has the day she must send her child off on an overnight school trip, trusting that she has done everything she can to prepare her child for the responsibility of being on their own. My time came a few weeks ago when my son went to Orlando with his Sing Out […]

Dear Addy: Life Insurance

May 15, 2017

Dear Addy, I’m applying for life insurance, but I’m either ineligible or being told I have to pay three times the normal rate because I have hemophilia. Is this typical with a rare disorder, and is there anything I can do about it? Signed, Planning Ahead Dear Planning, Unfortunately, as you’ve found, your health status […]

Dimension Therapeutics Discontinues DTX101, a Investigational Gene Therapy Product

May 12, 2017

Dimension Therapeutics announced it will discontinue the development of DTX101, an investigational AAVrh10-based gene therapy product in development for the treatment of moderate/severe-to-severe hemophilia B. The decision followed the review of the emerging DTX101 Phase 1/2 clinical study data, including the data as of the beginning of May 2017, and the observation that the data would not meet […]

Sangamo Therapeutics And Pfizer Announce Collaboration For Hemophilia A Gene Therapy

May 12, 2017

Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. and Pfizer Inc. recently announced an exclusive, global collaboration and license agreement for the development and commercialization of gene therapy programs for Hemophilia A, including SB-525, one of Sangamo’s four lead product candidates, which Sangamo expects will enter the clinic this quarter. Click here to read the full press release from Sangamo Therapeutics.

uniQure Announces Successful Gene Therapy Delivery in Animal Model

May 12, 2017

uniQure recently presented data at the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 20th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on successful repeated hepatic gene delivery with their AAV5 vector following a proprietary immunoadsorption procedure in non-human primates (NHPs). The results described successful sequential transduction with the two reporter transgenes and highlighted the progress made in readministration protocols […]

Kedrion Announces Return to Normal Supply Levels of Koāte

May 12, 2017

Kedrion Biopharma announced a return to normal supply levels of Koāte in the 1000 vial size and a series of large-scale improvements to their overall operations following a temporary period of limited availability of product. Click here to read the full contents of letter provided by Kedrion Biopharma regarding this matter.  


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