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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 […]

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 […]

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? […]

FDA Approves Genentech’s Hemlibra

October 4, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Genentech. Read the entire press release here. Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Hemlibra庐(emicizumab-kxwh) for routine prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes in adults and children, ages newborn and older, […]

Phase III Results for Genentech’s Hemlibra Published in New England Journal of Medicine

August 31, 2018

The following is an excerpt from a press release from Genentech. Read the press release in its entirety here.聽 Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced that pivotal data from the Phase III HAVEN 3 study, which evaluated HEMLIBRA庐聽prophylaxis administered every week or every two weeks in adults and adolescents aged 12 years or […]

Genentech Medical Communications Line Available to Answer Questions About Hemlibra聽

March 27, 2018

HFA was informed by Genentech on March 26, 2018,聽that聽a聽total of five聽patient deaths have聽occurred聽while聽the patients were聽using聽Hemlibra聽(emicizumab-kxwh).聽Genentech has little information that they can presently share聽about the circumstances聽surrounding the聽most recent聽patient聽deaths; however, Genentech could confirm that the patients聽had received聽Hemlibra聽as part of聽compassionate use and聽expanded patient access. Genentech has a聽Medical Communications line聽at聽1(800)-821-8590聽for patients, concerned community members, and healthcare providers聽who聽seek further information. […]

Alnylam & Sanofi Genzyme Report Positive Results from Ongoing Phase 2 Study with Investigational RNAi Therapeutic Fitusiran in Patients with Hemophilia A and B With or Without Inhibitors

July 10, 2017

Note: The following is an edited version of a press release from Alnylam.聽Read the press release from Alnylam聽in it鈥檚 entirety聽here. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi Genzyme,聽announced today new positive results from the ongoing Phase 2 open-label extension study with fitusiran in patients with hemophilia A and B, with or without inhibitors.聽These results were presented today […]

Breaking Clinical Trial News from Genentech/Roche

February 22, 2017

The following is the full statement from Genentech/Roche regarding the recent death of a 41-year-old hemophilia with inhibitors patient who was participating in the HAVEN 1 study. Dear members of the Haemophilia community, At Roche, we respect and value the close relationships that exist within the haemophilia community. We also understand the important role patient […]

Infusing Love: A Letter to Hemophilia

January 27, 2016

Dear Hemophilia, There was a time when you devastated me. You destroyed my little boy鈥檚 knee and ankle, causing tremendous pain and forcing him to undergo several port surgeries. He missed weeks of school. Oh, and let’s not forget the wheelchair you put him in for over a year. That was torture, taking away his […]

Infusing Love: Timeline of a January Bleed

January 6, 2016

Thomas has had his inhibitor for more than a decade, causing bleeds to be an unfortunate, but relatively routine, occurrence. We鈥檙e used to holiday bleeds, birthday bleeds, and random 鈥渨here did that come from鈥 bleeds. Be it crass or an obvious statement, bleeding happens, and we push forward. Through these tough times, we try to […]

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). […]

Dear Addy: Inhibitors

November 23, 2015

Dear Addy, I’m taking my son in for his annual visit, and I saw that MASAC issued a statement about inhibitors. Should I have him checked for one? Signed, Learning All I Can Dear Learning, Inhibitors are antibodies that the immune system develops in response to a clotting factor product used to treat a person […]

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy for Subcutaneous Inhibitor Treatment

September 4, 2015

Note: This is an edited form of a press release from Genentech. To read the original release in its entirety,聽click here. Genentech announced on Friday, September 4, 2015, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted breakthrough therapy designation to ACE910 (RG6013, RO5534262) for the prophylactic treatment of people who are 12 years […]

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 […]

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鈥檚 experiences with HFA with hopes that other families can learn from their experiences. How did you find […]

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 […]

Five New Developments in Hemophilia

April 7, 2015

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

An Inhibitor Mom Shares Her Story With the FDA

September 25, 2014

On Monday, September 22, several members of the bleeding disorders community came out to share their experiences with bleeding disorders treatment with the FDA. HFA worked with partners like NORD, PPTA, and NHF to ensure that our community was effectively represented.聽Patients and advocates of every age, every background, and with several different conditions came out […]

Leveling with the FDA About Hemophilia Inhibitors

September 23, 2014

On Monday, September 22, several members of the bleeding disorders community came out to聽share their experiences with bleeding disorders treatment with the FDA. HFA worked with partners like NORD, PPTA, and NHF to ensure that our community was effectively represented.聽Patients and advocates of every age, every background, and with several different conditions came out to […]

HFA’s Excutive Director to FDA: Treatment is Not One Size Fits All

September 23, 2014

On Monday, September 22,聽several members of the bleeding disorders community came out to聽share their experiences with bleeding disorders treatment with the FDA. HFA worked with partners like NORD, PPTA, and NHF to ensure that our community was effectively represented.聽Patients and advocates of every age, every background, and with several different conditions came out to share […]

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. ____________________________ […]

Journal of Blood Medicine: Inhibitor Challenges

August 26, 2014

Inhibitors are antibodies that the immune system develops because it sees the infused clotting factor as a foreign substance that needs to be destroyed. Antibodies are proteins that eat up the activated factor before it has time to stop the bleeding. Approximately 30% of people with severe Hemophilia A are affected by inhibitors at some […]

Penn Research Could Improve Hemophilia Treatment

July 17, 2014

*This article was originally posted on July 17, 2014 in聽Penn Current聽and was written by聽Katherine Unger Baillie.聽Click here to read this article in its entirety. ____________________________________ Hemophilia is a rare but potentially dangerous disease. People with the condition produce very low levels of clotting factor, the proteins in blood that stop bleeding and help begin the […]

We Did Not Fail Treatment, It Failed Us

May 20, 2014

When my son Matthew was born with severe Hemophilia A in 1994, I thought I was prepared. I had been raised by a Dad with hemophilia, lost him to HIV in 1986, and had thoroughly researched product safety prior to deciding to give birth to my son. I had prenatal testing done and knew that […]

CDC Six-Year Inhibitor Study Released

May 16, 2014

The journal Haemophilia has published the results of a six-year study called the Hemophilia Inhibitor Research Study (HIRS) that was designed to test the feasibility of conducting national monitoring for inhibitors among people with hemophilia in the United States. The study collected blood specimens on a regular basis from study participants, which were tested at […]

CDC Webinar: New Challenges in Hemophilia

April 8, 2014

On Thursday, April 3, 2014 the Centers for Disease (CDC) control hosted an informative and important webinar about new challenges facing the hemophilia community. If you missed it, take a look at Dr. Guy Young, Director of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, presentation slides聽about about the impact of: overweight and […]


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