New Method Identifies Female Carriers of Hemophilia A in Study
Chinese researchers have identified a new, simpler method to identify women who may be carriers of the gene that causes hemophilia A. The new method makes it easier to identify the condition, which usually requires more involved testing. The study was published in the journal Biomedical Reports. See full article at hemophilianewstoday.com.
Greeley Tribune Shares Ride The Rockies Experience of HTC Patient
In June Dr. Marilyn Manco-Johnson and one of her patients, Kyle Haas, participated in Ride the Rockies, a 400 mile cycling journey across Colorado. The Greeley Tribune recently published a story about Kyle and his experiences with hemophilia, cycling, Ride the Rockies and overcoming challenges. See full article at greeleytribune.com. See our June newsletter coverage of the story here.
PPTA Updates News Release About Zika Virus and Safety of Blood Supply
The Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) provided an updated news release about the Zika Virus and the safety of the blood supply. Evidence shows that existing manufacturing methods are fully effective against Zika Virus. The safety of the plasma protein therapies is not affected. See full article at pptagolbal.org.
Sangamo BioSciences Receives Orphan Drug Designation for SB-FIX
Sangamo BioSciences announced that the FDA has granted orphan drug designation to SB-FIX, the company's genome editing product candidate for the treatment of hemophilia B. Phase 1 of a clinical study in adult subjects with the disorder should begin before year's end. See full article at prnewswire.com
National Hemophilia Foundation Videos Win National Awards
The National Hemophilia Foundation won two silver awards in the 23rd Annual National Health Information Awards Program. One video shares information on managing bleeding disorders in the workplace and the other explains half-life of factor. See full article and access videos at hemophilia.org.
Vonvendi Now Available to Treat Adults with von Willebrand Disease
Vonvendi, the first & only recombinant treatment for adults affected by von Willebrand disease, is now available in the United States. The medication replaces the VWF missing in patients affected by von Willebrand disease. The disorder is the most common inherited bleeding disorder. See full article at shire.com.
Additional Lots of Kogenate FS Included in Voluntary Recall
Bayer also announced an extension to their recall on lots of Kogenate FS that were recalled in July due to potency issues. Testing showed that more lots fell below the range and more were found that needed to be included in the recall. The list of lots of the recalled products and more details are at hemophilia.org.
Extension of Voluntary Recall for Additional Lots of Helixate FS
CSL Behring announced an extension to a previous recall of two lots of Helixate FS that were recalled in late July. The recalled lots were added as a precaution because they were shown to be losing potency. The new recall includes a list of all the lots and their expiration date of the medication. See details at hemophilia.org.
Bruising Uncommon in Very Young Children with Blood Disorders
Researchers looked at patterns of bruising in children younger than six years old to understand the extent to which their bleeding disorders affected the number, size and location of bruises. Because bleeding disorders can go undiagnosed in young children and they are vulnerable to abuse, the study aimed to distinguish bruising indicating a bleeding disorder. See full article at hemophilianewstoday.com.
Biogen Announces Hemophilia Spin-off Company as Bioverativ
Biogen revealed their plan to spin-off their blood disorder products and candidates into a separate publicly traded company. The new company will be known as Bioverativ and is slated to launch in early 2017. It will include their drugs Eloctate and Alprolix as well as gene therapy research. See full article at fiercebiotech.com.
BloodStream Podcast Recaps NHF Annual Meeting and WFH World Congress
Hemophilia advocate James Patrick Lynch, recapped his experience attending and participating at the NHF Annual Meeting and WFH World Congress in Orlando. He was invited to speak and was a part of several events such as Powering Through NHF and the Impact Awards. See full update at bloodstreampod.com.
UniQure Shares Updated Clinical Data from Gene Therapy Trial of AMT-060
Gene Therapy research from uniQure on their small trial of AMT-060 was updated at the WFH World Congress held in Orlando, Florida. The results showed sustained improvements by all patients, with durable levels of Factor IX gene activity for several weeks after treatment. See full article at hemophilianewstoday.com.
Hemophilia Not Slowing Regis Jesuit Swim Star Warren
The Aurora Sentinel wrote an article about one of our incredible patients, Elijah Warren, a swimmer at Regis Jesuit High School. Elijah recently won the Class 5A state championship in breaststroke. The HTC treats Elijah and Dr. Wang is interviewed in the article as well. See full article at aurorasentinel.com.
Roche Reports Encouraging Data for Emicizumab at WFH Congress
Roche Reported positive data for their top candidate emicizumab (formerly ACE910) at the 2016 World Federation of Hemophilia World Congress in Orlando. The drug cut the bleeding rate of patients by more than 95% after a follow up review lasting 32.6 months from a small study. See full article at endpts.com.
BioMarin Shares Dramatic Results from Gene Therapy Research
BioMarin released data at the WFH World Congress in Orlando, Florida showing dramatically improved factor levels from their small study of gene therapy patients. The treatment produced results for hemophilia A patients showing factor levels within the normal range with minimal toxicity issues. See full article at forbes.com.
Sangamo BioSciences Reveals New Gene Therapy Development Program
Sangamo BioSciences presented preclinical data supporting the clinical development of its new proprietary gene therapy program for hemophilia A. The data from mouse and monkey subjects was presented at the 2016 WFH World Congress held in Orlando, Florida. See full article at fiercebiotech.com.
CSL Behring Presents Data for Afstyla in Adolescents and Children
CSL Behring presented data from a Phase III pivotal study of Afstyla in hemophilia A patients 12 years old or younger at the 2016 WFH World Congress in Orlando. The results showed that Afstyla, when used prophylactically, showed low spontaneous bleeds in previously treated children. See full article at prnewswire.com.
Novo Nordisk Shares Data of Psychosocial Impact on People with Hemophilia B
Novo Nordisk announced their results from the Bridging Hemophilia B Experiences, Results and Opportunities into Solutions study (B-HERO-S), which found that many adults and children with hemophilia B, even in mild cases, experience a negative impact in their lives due to their disorder. See full article at prnewswire.com.
CSL Behring Presents Phase III Data for Idelvion to Treat Hemophilia B
CSL Behring presented new data from its Phase III PROLONG-9FP clinical development program evaluating Idelvion at the 2016 WFH World Congress in Orlando. These new data show long-term safety and efficacy in prophylaxis over time in pediatric and adult patients with hemophilia B. See full article at cslbehring.com.
Alnylam Pharma Announces Positive Data for Fitusiran Phase I Study
Alnylam Pharma announced at the 2016 World Congress in Orlando new positive results from it's ongoing Phase 1 study with fitusiran, an investigational RNAi therapeutic targeting antithrombin for the treatment of Hemophilia A and B and rare bleeding disorders. See full article at streetinsider.com.
CSL Behring Announces Voluntary Recall of Two Lots of Helixate FS
CSL Behring has announced a voluntary recall of two lots of Helixate FS with vial adapter. The recall is based on stability testing that revealed a loss of potency to below pre-specified acceptable levels. The recall is not an issue of safety of the product. For lot numbers involved and more information go to hemophilia.org.
Bayer Announces Voluntary Recall of Two Lots of Kogenate FS
Beyer has announced a voluntary recall of two lots of Kogenate FS with vial adapter. The recall is based on stability testing that revealed a loss of potency to below pre-specified acceptable levels. The recall is not an issue of safety of the product. For lot numbers involved and more information go to hemophilia.org.
Spark Therapeutics and Pfizer Gain FDA Breakthrough Designation for SPK-9001
Spark Therapeutics and Pfizer announced that the FDA has granted breakthrough therapy designation to SPK-9001 to treat hemophilia B. SPK-9001 is in an ongoing Phase 1/2 trial as a potential one time therapy by using a novel bio-engineered adeno-associated virus (AAV). See full article at streetinsider.com.
New Podcast for Bleeding Disorders Launches
A new podcast that provides news, updates on medications, interviews and opinion about issues affecting those with bleeding disorders launched in June. The host, Patrick James Lynch, is a well known community member and advocate for those with bleeding disorders. For more information go to bloodstreampod.com.
Koate DVI Shipments on Hold
Kedrion Biopharma announced it was placing a voluntary, temporary hold on future shipments of Koate DVI, a treatment for hemophilia. It is anticipated that no new shipments will begin until September 2016. Please contact your physicians for alternate treatments or assistance in managing care if you use this medication. See full article at hemophilia.org.
FDA Approves Epclusa to Treat Hepatitis C
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Epclusa to treat adult patients with chronic hepatitis C virus both with and without cirrhosis. The approval offers additional treatment options for a wider scope of patients with hepatitis C. Epclusa is manufactured and marketed by Gilead. See full article at fda.gov.
SIPPET Study & MASAC Recommendations Explained
Patrick James Lynch, a hemophilia patient and public advocate for those with bleeding disorders, posted an article at the request of the NHF to help explain issues and analyze the recommendations that have arisen after the publication of the SIPPET Study (Survey of Inhibitors in Plasma-Products-Exposed Toddlers). See full article at bloodstreampod.com.
Analysis Published in Blood Reviews Outcomes
In an article published in Blood in June, authors studied data from nearly 5000 men in the United States with hemophilia and found an ongoing need of care. The HTC's Brenda K. Riske was co-author on the study which now includes additional commentary as part of the report. See full article at bloodjournal.org.
Drug Makers Work to Woo Kids With Hemophilia
To reach the small, but lucrative hemophilia market, some drug makers have tried an unusual and high-intensity promotional strategy- building lifetime relationships. In a paper published in PLOS Medicine, researchers showed that methods used by pharmaceutical companies may undermine effective decision-making and likely requires more oversight. See full article at statnews.com.
Spark Therapeutics Releases Positive Data on Gene Therapy
Spark Therapeutics announced updated results of the first cohort from the ongoing Phase I/II clinical trial of their SPK-9001 to treat hemophilia B. All four subjects received a one-time administration of the therapy and experienced consistent and sustained factor IX activity levels. See full article at ir.sparktx.com.
uniQure Presents Data From Gene Therapy Trial for Hemophilia B
The gene therapy research company uniQure released additional data from their ongoing Phase I/II clinical trial of AMT-060 in hemophilia B patients at the 21st Congress of the European Hematology Association in Copenhagen, Denmark. Findings showed improvements over the six month post-treatment period for the five patient study. See full article at pipelinereview.com.