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FDA Accepts CSL Behring’s Application for New Hemophilia Treatment

July 28, 2015

Note: The below is an edited press release from CSL Behring. To read the full release, click here. CSL Behring announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted for review the company’s Biologics License Application (BLA) for its novel investigational recombinant factor VIII single-chain (rVIII-SingleChain) for the treatment of hemophilia A. In the […]

HFA Interns Tour Maryland Plasma Center

July 24, 2015

Earlier this summer, we introduced you to Adam and Matthew, our summer Policy Interns. These two have been busy all over DC, attending Congressional hearings, Executive briefings, and much more. Last week, Matthew and Adam had the opportunity to tour Grifol’s plasma collection center in Frederick, MD. Centers like this collected plasma from donors, returning the […]

HFA Patient Fly-In: Through Our Interns’ Eyes

July 7, 2015

Earlier this summer, we introduced you to Adam and Matthew, our summer Policy Interns. These two have been busy all over DC, attending Congressional hearings, Executive briefings, and much more. Recently, they got to experience first-hand the planning and execution of our 2nd Annual Patient Fly-In. Below is their take on the week, and a bonus […]

FDA Grants Orphan Status for New Inhibitor Treatment

July 2, 2015

Below is from a press release Apitope sent out on June 9, 2015. To read it in its entirety, click here. Apitope, the drug discovery and development company focused on disease-modifying treatments that reinstate immune tolerance, announced today that pre-clinical product candidate ATX-F8-117 has been granted Orphan Drug Status by the US Food and Drug […]

Cycling 4,000 Miles for Hemophilia Awareness

June 19, 2015

Note: This story originally appeared on PRWeb. Barry Haarde is a participant in HFA’s annual Gears for Good ride from West Virginia to Washington, DC. Cyclist Barry Haarde is on a mission to raise awareness about hemophilia and encourage individuals to support needy hemophilic children through Save One Life, which supports more than 1,200 individuals with […]

HFA Champion Award Given to 4 Members of Congress

June 18, 2015

On June 17, 2015, we hosted our 2nd Annual Patient Fly-In in Washington, DC alongside an online Virtual Hill Day to gain support for bill HR 1600, The Patients’ Access to Treatment Act in the US House and Senate, and other issues like the ability for third-party non-profits to help make payments on behalf of patients, and improving access to skilled […]

How a Second Grader with Hemophilia Copes with Pain

June 9, 2015

Kelly and Brian of Oregon never expected their son, Bubba, to have severe hemophilia A, and they certainly never expected Bubba to experience the complications of an inhibitor and chronic pain in his childhood. Kelly shared her family’s experiences with HFA with hopes that other families can learn from their experiences. How did you find […]

2015 Advocacy and Government Affairs Interns

June 4, 2015

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

Dear Addy: Fundraising

June 1, 2015

Dear Addy, I really want to be able to help raise awareness of, and funds for the bleeding disorders community. I don’t know what I could do to get people to donate. Please help me! Signed, HemoProud Dear Proud, The best way to raise bleeding disorders awareness, and in turn raise funds to support HFA […]

My Journey with Pain

May 19, 2015

Pain is a very personal experience. Everyone has their own definitions, feelings, and memories associated with pain. Some pain is greater than others. Some pain paralyzes you, and some pain motivates you. How someone chooses to define and cope with pain is molded by his/her experiences throughout a lifetime. Below is a story of one […]

FDA Making Progress With Blood Safety Monitoring System

May 15, 2015

Last December, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg  set forth a recommendation to 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. […]

Women Are Not Just Carriers

May 12, 2015

While some women experience bleeding symptoms monthly or even more frequently, other women may go years before bleeding issues are recognized, making a diagnosis even more difficult. Jennifer was a hemophilia carrier for 33 years before she had her first bleed. She shares the emotional and physical pain she endured as she struggled to get […]

Dear Addy: Step Therapy

May 5, 2015

Dear Addy, I heard that my friend on Medicaid is being forced to try step therapy and use one product for three months before going back to the product he likes. Is this going to happen more often? Signed, Product Paranoid Dear Paranoid, It is possible. Step therapy is a process managed care insurers use […]

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 […]

Dear Addy: Is It Safe To Get A Tattoo With Hemophilia?

April 20, 2015

  Dear Addy, I want to get a tattoo, but am worried that my hemophilia will complicate things. Is this safe? Signed, Un-Inked ________ Dear Un-Inked, This is a subject that you and your hematologist need to discuss. Here are some questions to ask your hematologist: Safety—Is it safe for someone with hemophilia to get […]

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

April 8, 2015

Note: This story was originally published by Joseph Walker, Wall Street Journal reporter, on April 8, 2015. To see the original post, click here. ____________________ A pricey pill made by Gilead Sciences Inc. 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 […]

Dear Addy: 340B Programs

April 7, 2015

Dear Addy, The specialty pharmacy that I have to use through my insurer doesn’t carry my preferred brand of factor so I have to go through the prior authorization process to get my factor. My hemophilia treatment center (HTC) does not have a 340B program but I know of another HTC that does and they […]

Five New Developments in Hemophilia

April 7, 2015

This post first appeared on Vector, a blog of Boston Children’s Hospital an was written by Ellis Neufeld, MD, PhD, a hematologist at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.   ________________________________________________ From new longer-acting drugs to promising gene therapy trials, much is changing in the treatment of hemophilia, the inherited bleeding disorder in which the blood does not clot. […]

Kedrion Announces Safer Manufacture Process for Koate Antihemophilic Factor

April 6, 2015

Note: This is an edited version of a Kedrion press release. To read the full release, click here.  ____________________ Kedrion Biopharma proudly announced that Koate® Double Viral Inactivation (DVI) Antihemophilic Factor (human) is now being manufactured using a process that further enhances the safety and purity of that product. Koate-DVI is used in the treatment […]

ABC’s Secrets and Lies Dishonors Hemophilia Patients

March 17, 2015

ABC’s Secrets and Lies Dishonors Thousands of Americans Living with Hemophilia Calls manageable hereditary condition “nasty byproduct of incest.” WASHINGTON, DC — The Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) was appalled to learn that the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) show Secrets and Lies referred to hemophilia as a “nasty byproduct of incest” in the episode “The Sister” (S01, E04) that […]

Baxter Sees Promising Results in Inhibitor Treatment Trial

March 13, 2015

Baxter International Inc. announced positive results from its Phase III clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of BAX 817, an investigational recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) treatment for people with Hemophilia A or B who develop inhibitors. The prospective, open-label, randomized, multicenter trial was designed to assess the safety and efficacy of BAX 817 in […]

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 […]

FDA Accepts Bayer’s Application for New Hemophilia Treatment

March 6, 2015

Bayer HealthCare announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company’s Biologics License Application (BLA) for BAY 81-8973, a recombinant Factor VIII compound. Bayer is seeking FDA approval of the investigational compound, proposed trade name Kovaltry™, for the treatment of hemophilia A in children and adults. “Bayer is committed to continually […]

Baxter Reports Data from Extended Half-Life Study

February 13, 2015

Baxter International Inc. presented additional efficacy and safety data from the Phase III pivotal study of BAX 855, an investigational, extended half-life recombinant factor VIII (rFVIII) treatment for hemophilia A based on ADVATE [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant)] at the 8th Annual Congress of the European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders (EAHAD) in Helsinki, Finland. The […]

HFA Partnering With NORD For Rare Disease Day and Hemophilia Awareness Month

February 12, 2015

In a couple of weeks, the bleeding disorders community will be recognizing Rare Disease Day on February 28, Hemophilia Awareness Month during the entire month of March, and World Hemophilia Day on April 17. These important dates were created to help raise awareness about rare conditions like hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. This year, we are thrilled to partner with the National […]

FDA To Review CSL Behring’s New Long-Lasting Hemophilia B Product

February 4, 2015

CSL Behring announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review its Biologics License Application (BLA) for the marketing authorization of its long-acting fusion protein linking recombinant coagulation factor IX with recombinant albumin (rIX-FP). Upon FDA approval, rIX-FP will provide hemophilia B patients with a long-acting treatment option with dosing intervals up […]

FDA Accepts CSL Behring’s Application for New Long-Acting Hemophilia B Product

February 4, 2015

This is an edited version of a press release from CSL Behring. To read the full release, please click here. ____________________  CSL Behring announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review its Biologics License Application (BLA) for the marketing authorization of its long-acting fusion protein linking recombinant coagulation factor IX with recombinant […]

Biogen Idec Forms Partnership to Focus on Gene Therapy for Hemophilia

January 30, 2015

Biogen Idec, Fondazione Telethon, and Ospedale San Raffaele have entered into a worldwide collaboration to jointly develop gene therapies for the treatment of both hemophilia A and B. The agreement will combine San Raffaele – Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy’s (TIGET) extensive expertise in creating new gene therapy strategies and developing them from the bench to bedside […]

Dear Addy: Out-Of-Pocket Maximums

January 28, 2015

Dear Addy: I see that my out-of-pocket maximums have gone up this year to $6,600 for an individual and $13,200 for my family. How am I supposed to afford this? With one severe bleed, between hospital stay, medication, and follow-up visits, we could reach this limit within a single month. Sincerely, Sonya, Hemophilia A patient […]

Dear Addy: Specialty Pharmacy vs. PBM

January 12, 2015

Dear Addy, What is the difference between a Specialty Pharmacy and a Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM), and why should I care? Signed, John, young adult with mild hemophilia A ________________________________________________ Dear John, The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) defines a specialty pharmacy as “…distinct from traditional pharmacies in coordinating many aspects of patient care […]


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