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Novo Nordisk Receives FDA Approval for Hemophilia A Treatment

February 20, 2019

The following is an excerpt from a press release. Read the press release in its entirety here. Denmark-based Novo Nordisk received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a new treatment for hemophilia A. However, the newly approved medication will not be available in the United States until 2020. Novo Nordisk said the […]

Dear Addy: Manufacturer Copay Assistance & Accumulator Adjuster Programs

February 18, 2019

Dear Addy, I use a manufacturer copay assistance program to help me meet the out-of-pocket costs associated with my clotting factor product. My insurer just notified me that it will no longer apply that assistance to my deductible and out-of-pocket maximums! Can they do that? Signed, Distressed Over Deductibles Dear Deductibles, You have run up […]

Infusing Love:聽 A Brotherly Bond

February 13, 2019

鈥淲atch out for my brother. He鈥檚 a bleeder,鈥 Logan will often say when we are at an interactive birthday party. Logan is Maddox鈥檚 5-year-old brother. He is extremely protective of him. Whenever we are at an event Logan will do his best to 鈥減rotect鈥 his little brother from anyone pushing him too hard or potentially […]

uniQure Announces Updated Clinical Data from Phase IIb Study in Patients with Hemophilia B

February 8, 2019

The following is an excerpt from a press release from uniQure. Read the full press release here. uniQure,聽a leading gene therapy company advancing transformative therapies for patients with severe unmet medical needs, announced updated clinical data in patients treated in the company鈥檚 ongoing Phase IIb study of AMT-061, an investigational AAV5-based gene therapy containing a […]

Roche joins the World Federation of Hemophilia Humanitarian Aid Program

February 7, 2019

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Roche. Read it in its entirety here. Roche today announced that it has joined the World Federation of Hemophilia Humanitarian Aid Program, a landmark initiative leading the effort to change the lack of access to care and treatment for people with inherited bleeding disorders in […]

Infusing Love: Understand Your Stress

February 6, 2019

Caregiving is hard! Did I just state the obvious? I recently saw yet another article about caregivers, caregiver stress, caregiver burn out and the importance of self-care. You know, we鈥檝e all seen them. If you鈥檙e like me you may even roll your eyes when you think there are some people that need to be told […]

uniQure Announces First Patient Treated in HOPE-B Pivotal Trial of AMT-061 in Patients with Hemophilia B

February 6, 2019

The following is an excerpt from a press release from uniQure. Read the full press release here. uniQure, a leading gene therapy company advancing transformative therapies for patients with severe unmet medical needs, today announced that it treated the first patient in its HOPE-B pivotal trial of AMT-061, an investigational AAV5-based gene therapy incorporating the […]

Washington Wire: January 2019

January 31, 2019

FEATURED STORY What to Watch in the States in 2019 鈥 State Medicaid Trends Legislative sessions have begun in all but four states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Nevada begin sessions in the months ahead).聽 As lawmakers begin to tackle the numerous issues they need to address in the coming months, let鈥檚 look at what to […]

Word From Washington: Government Shutdown Gets Reprieve

January 25, 2019

President Trump announced today that he would sign a bill funding the government through February 15th聽and ending the 5-week long government shutdown. The President said he will continue to negotiate with Congress on border security issues over the next three weeks but held out the possibility that the government could shut down again if there […]

Infusing Love: Educating Our Children

January 23, 2019

鈥淎 Drop of Blood鈥 Educating our Children 鈥淪ometimes I cut my finger, Sometimes I scrape my knee, Sometimes a drop or two of blood Comes dripping out of me. That means I lose some platelets, Some white cells and some red; I lose them by the millions In every drop I shed. But I don鈥檛 […]

Takeda Completes Acquisition of Shire, Becoming a Global, Values-based, Biopharmaceutical Leader

January 23, 2019

The following is a press release from Takeda, formerly Shire. Find the original press release here. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited announced the completion of its acquisition of Shire, becoming a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan. Takeda now has an attractive, expanded geographic footprint and leading position in Japan and the U.S., bringing […]

Dear Addy: Surprise Billing

January 21, 2019

  Dear Addy I鈥檝e heard the term 鈥渟urprise billing鈥 in the news recently and I鈥檓 concerned about how it could affect my family, especially if we have to go to the emergency room for a bleed and a provider is out-of-network. Can you share more on this issue and what we can do if it […]

Save One Life Inc. Welcomes Chris Bombardier as New Executive Director

January 16, 2019

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Save One Life Inc. Read the press release in its entirety here.聽 Save One Life Inc. announces a new executive director. Save One Life is an international nonprofit that assists people with hemophilia in developing countries. Christopher G. Bombardier, famous for being the first person […]

Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association Welcomes New President and CEO

January 16, 2019

  The following is an excerpt from the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association. Read the full press release here. The Board of Directors of the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association announced Amy Efantis will be its next President and Chief Executive Officer effective Jan. 16, 2019. Having served most recently as Vice President, Global Public Policy & […]

Infusing Love: Rocking with Hemophilia

January 16, 2019

When Thomas was much younger, we spent a lot of time in the hospital and as all moms know, keeping a toddler entertained for hours is challenging. I don鈥檛 think of him or myself as ancient, but this was pre-tablet days; I would actually haul a portable DVD player and a boxed set of Spiderman […]

Infusing Love: Thanks, But Not Now

January 2, 2019

HFA does not recommend, endorse or make any representation about the efficacy, appropriateness or suitability of any specific products, treatments, or opinions. Please consult your physician before use of any treatments. We recently had Jackson鈥檚 six-month comprehensive visit at the hematologist. A comprehensive visit is an appointment in which many bleeding disorders specialists meet with […]

Washington Wire: December 2018

December 27, 2018

Featured Story: Federal court rules that the ACA is unconstitutional: Texas v. Azar On Friday, Dec. 14, we learned a federal judge had ruled in the case of Texas v. Azar聽that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional in its entirety. This news has alarmed many. HFA staff posted a number of updates to tell the […]

Mental Health Awareness Campaign: Difficult Holidays and Year End

December 27, 2018

  Even if you鈥檝e been feeling okay, the end of the year can bring mental health challenges for anyone of any age.聽 It鈥檚 no coincidence that in much of the United States the winter months can be some of the darkest, longest and coldest. The way many people cope is to celebrate the traditions of […]

Infusing Love: How Do You Measure

December 27, 2018

鈥525,600 minutes鈥525,000 moments so dear.鈥澛 Just like the song from the musical 鈥淩ent,鈥 those 525,600 minutes go so quickly, and you feel as though in a blink of an eye the year is gone. As we see the finish line of another year, I can鈥檛 help but look back at 2018 with mixed emotions. For […]

Dear Addy: Advocacy Leadership Council

December 24, 2018

Dear Addy, I鈥檓 the parent of a hemophiliac and I鈥檇 like to become more involved in advocacy work to support my child and the bleeding disorders community at-large. Does HFA have any advocacy programming available for parents? Signed, Active Advocate 聽 Dear Advocate, Yes! HFA recently announced the creation of a new Advocacy Leadership Council. […]

Word From Washington: Partial Federal Government Shutdown

December 22, 2018

Congress and the President failed to reach agreement on a government spending bill before the deadline of December 21, 2018. As a result, number of U.S. government agencies have halted work and will remain shut down until a deal is reached. In contrast to some earlier budget standoffs, though, this time approximately 戮 of the […]

Genentech’s Hemlibra Provided Sustained Bleed Control in a Study of Children with Hemophilia A with Factor VIII Inhibitors

December 20, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Genentech. Read the press release in its entirety here. Genentech, a member of the Roche Group announced data from the primary analysis of the Phase III HAVEN 2 study evaluating Hemlibra庐 prophylaxis in children younger than 12 years of age with hemophilia A with factor […]

Sangamo Announces Treatment Of First Patient In Clinical Trial Of In Vivo Genome Editing Therapy For Hemophilia B

December 20, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Sangamo. Read the press release in its entirety here. Hemophilia B is a rare, genetic bleeding disorder caused by a lack of the factor IX (FIX) protein, which is necessary for normal blood clotting. Current hemophilia B treatments typically require frequent intravenous infusions of clotting […]

Word From Washington: December 14, 2018 Ruling in TX V. Azar, Update #2

December 17, 2018

Last Friday evening, we learned that a federal judge had ruled in the case of Texas v. Azar聽that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional in its entirety. This news has alarmed many. HFA staff want to update you on what we know at this point. First and foremost, please be aware that this ruling does […]

Word From Washington: December 14, 2018 Ruling in TX v. Azar

December 14, 2018

HFA learned late Friday night that a federal court has struck down the entire Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional. You can find an explanation of聽the lawsuit (Texas v. Azar) here and can read a description of the latest ruling here. HFA is studying the ruling and will post a more detailed update soon. In the […]

Dear Addy: Learning Central

December 10, 2018

Dear Addy, I鈥檝e heard about HFA鈥檚 new Learning Central, but I鈥檓 not sure how to find it and the benefits of using it. Can you provide more information? Signed, Lifelong Learner Dear Learner, HFA鈥檚 Learning Central is part of the HFA Institute, a new e-learning initiative designed for the bleeding disorders community. The HFA Institute […]

Genentech’s Hemlibra Provided Sustained Bleed Control in the Largest Pivotal Study in Children with Hemophilia A with Inhibitors

December 5, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Genentech. Read the press release in its entirety here. Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced data from the primary analysis of the Phase III HAVEN 2 study evaluating Hemlibra庐聽prophylaxis in children younger than 12 years of age with hemophilia A with factor VIII […]

Bioverativ Data Presented at ASH Underscore Potential for Once Weekly Dosing with Sustained High Factor Levels in Hemophilia A

December 5, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Bioverativ. Read the press release in its entirety here. Bioverativ Inc.,聽a Sanofi company dedicated to transforming the lives of people with rare blood disorders, presented new data from the EXTEN-A Phase 1/2a trial of BIVV001 showing that a single 65 IU/kg dose of BIVV001 extended […]

uniQure Announces Long-Term Clinical Data from Ongoing Phases and Confirms Dose for Hemophilia B Study

December 5, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from uniQure. Read the press release in its entirety here. uniQure N.V., a gene therapy company advancing transformative therapies for patients with severe medical needs, announced updated results聽from its ongoing Phase I/II trial of AMT-060, and provided an update on AMT-061, the company鈥檚 next-generation gene therapy聽candidate […]

Washington Wire: November 2018

November 30, 2018

Featured stories: Healthcare was a driving issue for many voters in the 2018 mid-term elections. The results of the 2018 election are in and we now know that the 116th聽Congress will be a divided Congress 鈥 聽a Republican Senate and a Democratic House. Will the new Congress do anything to impact access to meaningful healthcare? […]


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