Ep. 3: August 22nd, 2016 - w/ WFH World Congress Soundbites

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In Episode 3, we take a look back at a historic summer that saw the National Hemophilia Foundation's (NHF) Annual Meeting and the World Federation of America's (WFH) World Congress convene in Orlando for the largest gathering ever of people with bleeding disorders. In addition to featuring some conference related content, our Like Share Comment segment highlight a story on Elijah Warren, a high school swimming star with hemophilia as well as a recent article from John Hopkins University on the power of humor in healthcare. Finally, we close this month's episode with a remembrance of Matt Stinger, a community member and advocate who passed unexpectedly this month at 33 years old.

Novo Nordisk’s B-HERO-S study has found, to the surprise of some, that many patients with mild or moderate hemophilia B in the United States experience their condition negatively impacting their career, education, and recreational activities- something that can be overlooked in those affected by mild or moderate hemophilia as opposed to severe. Link.

High schooler Federico Parres is one of five team members on the VEX Robotics World Championship Team F, responsible for creating Caerus-7, a ball-flinging robot. Federico lives with severe hemophilia A and plans on becoming an engineer one day. Link.

Bayers’ Hemophilia Awards Program recently announced 16 physicians and researchers from 11 countries who will receives grant money totaling about two million dollars, including 6 individuals from the United States. This is the fourteenth year Bayer has run this program. Link

A study published in the European journal Haematologica examines a new potential model for how to treatment patients with hemophilia A who undergo surgery. Something I personally find interesting given our ongoing need to learn more about aging with hemophilia. Link

The FDA has approved a new needleless reconstitution device called Baxject III for Shire’s long-lasting factor FVIII therapy Adynovate. For those familiar, it is a very similar device to that which is found in Advate. Link

Two medical advisory updates have been announced by the National Hemophilia Foundation regarding existing products:

NHF Medical Advisory 419 (four-one-nine) states that Bayer has announced a voluntary recall of two lots of Kogenate FS for a loss of potency. The lot numbers are 270TN1C and 270R978. For more information or to arrange for an exchange please call the Recall Processing Center at 855-838-5782Link

And NHF Medical Advisory 420 (four-two-zero) states that CSL Behring has announced a voluntary recall of two lots of Helixate FS for a loss of potency. Those lot numbers are 270TN1G and 270R979. For more information or to arrange an exchange for these products, call CSL Behring’s Customer Service at 1800-683-1288Link

Product Related Headlines (not mentioned in the show)

Genentech/Roche has released encouraging Phase 1/2 extension results for their investigational subcutaneous medicine, emicizumab-previously referred to as ACE910. Link

The Netherlands-based uniQure, a company self-described as a leader in human gene therapy, announced encouraging clinical data from their ongoing Phase 1/2 trail of AMT-060, an investigational gene therapy for patients with hemophilia B. Link

BioMarin has presented positive interim data from a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of BMN 270, an investigational gene therapy for people severe hemophilia A. The company has announced intent to begin another study with an eye toward regulatory approval in both the US and Europe. Link

CSL Behring’s hemophilia B therapy Idelvion shows promise after encouraging Phase 3 trial results. Link The company also posted positive results from a Phase III study from its FDA approved, hemophilia A treatment AFSTYLA, unique for being the first and only single-chain recombinant product available in the US.

Spark Therapeutics and Pfizer received Breakthrough Therapy Status from the FDA for expedited development of a hemophilia B gene therapy treatment SPK-9001. The treatment is currently also undergoing a Phase 1/2 clinical trial. Link.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals announced positive results of a Phase 1 trial for their subcutaneous therapy fitusiran, designed to treat patients with both hemophilia A and B, with or without inhibitors. Link.

Like Share Comment Segment

NHF Daily, a digital recap of Annual Meeting. Link

WFH The Congress Daily. Link

High school swimming star Elijah Warren. Link

John Hopkins University article on therapeutic humor. Link



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