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Infusing Love: The Ideal Mother’s Day

May 8, 2019

  Most that know me will tell you I do everything for my kiddos. That I spoil them. That I鈥檓 always driving them to after school activities or going to the park, for walks, bike rides, etc. I rarely say no and let them try whatever sports and activities they want to do. I spend […]

uniQure Announces New Preclinical Data in Hemophilia A and Fabry Disease

May 2, 2019

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, presented new preclinical data on its gene therapy candidates for the treatment of hemophilia A and for the treatment of Fabry disease during back-to-back oral presentations at the 22nd聽American Society […]

Infusing Love: Step Aside, Mom Advocate Coming Through

May 2, 2019

  This past month we had the fight of our lives. My employee insurance runs February through January and my employer offered a new insurance plan this year. Much to our dismay, the insurance would not cover my son鈥檚 factor medication. Our insurance wanted our son to fail on three out of four factor products […]

Washington Wire: April 2019

April 30, 2019

Featured Story: Some relief ahead from accumulator adjusters. Finally some good news regarding accumulator adjusters! Patient advocates, including HFA, have been warning lawmakers that accumulator adjuster programs threaten access to care for people with chronic health conditions. In recent weeks, state and federal lawmakers signaled they have heard this message and took steps to rein […]

Infusing Love: Letting Him Do It His Way

April 24, 2019

  For some of us hemophilia Moms we went through the time where we had to hold down our son to give him his factor or buy out the dollar store for him to be rewarded for his cooperation! Finally, we get to the point when holding down or rewards are no longer part of […]

Recall Notice: Fentanyl Transdermal Pain Patches Recalled Due to Product Mislabeling

April 23, 2019

The following is from the FDA MedWatch. Read the recall notice in its entirety here. Alvogen Inc. is voluntarily recalling two lots of Fentanyl Transdermal System 12 mcg/h transdermal patches to the consumer level. A small number of cartons labeled 12 mcg/h Fentanyl Transdermal System patches contained 50 mcg/h patches. The 50 mcg/h patches that […]

Sangamo and Pfizer Announce Phase 1/2 Interim Data for Investigational Hemophilia A Gene Therapy

April 15, 2019

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Sangamo Therapeutics. Read the press release in its entirety here. Sangamo Therapeutics Inc., a genomic medicine company, and Pfizer Inc. announced interim data from the Phase 1/2 Alta study evaluating investigational SB-525 gene therapy for severe hemophilia A. Data indicate that SB-525 was generally well-tolerated […]

Dear Addy: 5 Minutes for Project CALLS

April 15, 2019

Dear Addy- I am having a horrific time with my insurance company getting a prior authorization approved. I know I should call Project CALLS, but I simply don鈥檛 have time to be on the phone with the insurance company and Project CALLS. Why is it so important that I let HFA know what鈥檚 going on […]

Infusing Love: Seasons of Change

April 10, 2019

  Life is full seasons, parenting is full of seasons, and most importantly raising a child with a bleeding disorder is full of seasons. Most often when I look back over the seasons the most obvious of seasons are that of survival, like getting from one day to the next or one walking through a […]

Word From Washington: HFA, Others, Urge For ACA Be Upheld

April 1, 2019

17 Patient Groups Urge Appeals Court to Uphold Health Care Law Loss of Patient Protections Would Raise Barriers to Health Insurance HFA joined a group of seventeen patient advocacy organizations in filing an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief today in case of Texas v. United States, pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals […]

Washington Wire: March 2019

March 29, 2019

Protections for people with pre-existing conditions. You may recall that last December, a federal district court ruled in Texas v. United Statesthat the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional in its entirety. This ruling, if upheld, would: eliminate important protections for people with pre-existing conditions; end the ACA鈥檚 Medicaid expansion; abolish the requirement that health plans […]

Infusing Love: Decisions and Apprehensions

March 20, 2019

  I came back from HFA鈥檚 2018 Symposium pumped. 鈥淭ogether We Rock鈥 was an experience that left me much better equipped to face the many challenges of having a child with a bleeding disorder. Most of all I met other moms that go through similar situations with their own children; some were even from Puerto […]

Dear Addy: Raising Awareness

March 18, 2019

Dear Addy, I鈥檝e been sharing HFA鈥檚 Facts a Day about Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month, but I want to do more. How can I help raise awareness about bleeding disorders? Signed, Ready to Activate Dear Ready to Activate, It鈥檚 wonderful to hear that you are motivated to help spread the word about bleeding disorders! As a […]

Sanofi Genzyme Launches Innovative and Educational Audio Adventure Series for People Treated with ALPROLIX庐

March 15, 2019

The following is a press release from Sanofi Genzyme. Find the full press release here. Sanofi Genzyme, the specialty care business unit of Sanofi, announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind audio adventure series designed to provide an engaging and educational infusion experience for ALPROLIX庐 [Coagulation Factor IX (Recombinant), Fc Fusion Protein] patients and their caregivers. […]

Hemophilia Federation of America Recognizes Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month

March 15, 2019

Download this Press Release here. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2019 Hemophilia Federation of America Recognizes Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month Monthlong Activities Raise Public Awareness for Bleeding Disorders Washington, D.C.聽鈥 More than 30 years ago, President Ronald Regan designated the month of March as Hemophilia Awareness Month to bring awareness and attention to those living […]

Infusing Love: A Surprising Conference

March 13, 2019

  Parent teacher conferences are synonymous with an interrogation, grilling or even a public debate. I spent about 12 years being on the other side of that debate. I was the one calling the shots, telling parents what their children鈥檚 strengths and weaknesses were academically, socially and behaviorally. I was comfortable having the tough conversations […]

Infusing Love: Facing the Music

March 6, 2019

  It was 2002 when I married Harry, my high school sweetheart. Even then, I never discussed my dad with him because I had to keep my promise. I promised my dad who passed away when I was only 16 to never talk about hemophilia, AIDS, none of it. Harry put the pieces together though, […]

Washington Wire: February 2019

February 28, 2019

Featured Story: State Legislative Sessions Pick Up Steam In last month鈥檚 edition of the Washington Wire, we wrote about steps some states are taking with respect to their Medicaid programs. Here is a brief update on some of the Medicaid-related developments that have happened since then. Utah: the state legislature and Governor acted to override […]

Spark Therapeutics Enters into Merger Agreement with Roche

February 25, 2019

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Spark Therapeutics. Read the press release in its entirety here. Spark Therapeutics , a fully integrated, commercial gene therapy company dedicated to challenging the inevitability of genetic disease, announced today that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement for Roche to fully acquire Spark […]

Genentech joins the World Federation of Hemophilia Humanitarian Aid Program

February 21, 2019

The following is a press release from Roche. Read the press release in its entirety here. Roche announced 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 developing countries. Together […]

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 […]


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