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Health Canada has issued a Notice of Compliance (NOC) for Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofosbuvir)
Click here for the details of the announcement.
Second study suggests higher risk of inhibitors with Kogenate/Helixate in previously untreated patients with hemophilia A
In January 2013, the Research of Determinants of Inhibitor Development (RODIN) study group also reported a similarly higher risk of inhibitor development in PUPs treated with this second-generation full-length rFVIII, Kogenate FS/Helixate FS, compared to all other FVIII products.
At that time, the Association of Hemophilia Clinic Directors of Canada recommended to its members that they “consider these findings as a factor in their decision-making regarding product choice for newly diagnosed PUPs with severe hemophilia A.”
The RODIN study was reviewed by regulators and, in December 2013, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) concluded that the benefits of Kogenate FS/Helixate NexGen (Helixate FS in Canada) continue to outweigh their risks in PUPs with hemophilia A.
Following the most recent paper, however, the World Federation of Hemophilia’s Therapeutic Products Safety, Supply and Availability Committee (TPSSAC) issued a statement which said: “Based on the available published data, it may be prudent, where other safe clotting factor concentrates are available, to consider not using Kogenate FS/Helixate NexGen for newly diagnosed PUPs with severe hemophilia A.” The WFH TPSSAC also stated: “There is no evidence of a higher risk of inhibitors with this product in previously treated patients.” Click here for the complete statement.
Regulatory agencies such as the EMA and the U.S. FDA are evaluating this latest data on inhibitor development. Both the CHS Blood Safety and Supply Committee and the WFH TPSSAC are monitoring developments. Please check on the CHS and WFH Web sites for updates.
NEW CHS resources about HCV treatment support for 1986-1990 claimants
If you are a patient who received tainted blood or blood products and a registered claimant of the Hepatitis C (HCV) 1986-1990 Class Actions Settlement, now is a good time to speak to your doctor about new treatments for HCV. Treatment has progressed significantly, and it may be the right time for you to seek a cure.
People who are approved claimants under the Hepatitis C January 1, 1986 — July 1, 1990 Class Actions Settlement may be reimbursed for their costs for treatments and generally accepted hepatitis C medications that are not recoverable under any public or private health care plan. Moreover, thanks to a collaborative effort between the CHS and Gilead Health Sciences Canada, The Momentum Support Program can now provide upfront payments to those eligible for the high-cost treatment Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) while the claimants wait for a reimbursement from the 1986-1990 plan.
Because this is not well known by the claimants themselves nor their health care providers, the CHS has developed a new resource to provide more information.
Please click here for more information and access to the new brochure.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE - Canadian blood inventory in critical condition
Please click here to read the full statement from Canadian Blood Services.
Submissions on the funding of extended half‐life factor concentrates
Click here to read the CHS recommendations re Eloctate.
Click here to read the CHS recommendations re Alprolix.
CHS support to research and market studies
These studies, however, need our community to gather sufficient data to be relevant.
Please take the time to see what is presently happening with regards to research and market studies and to see if you could take an active part in them.
On-going RESEARCH studies currently recruiting participants:
- Invitation to families of children with bleeding disorders to participate in an interview-based research study
- Do you have mild hemophilia?
- Carriers of hemophilia wanted for survey-based research study
- Web survey about perceived well-being in people with hemophilia
Click here for more details on each of these research studies.
On-going MARKET studies currently recruiting participants:
- Absolutdata is currently looking for adults and youth as well as parents of children with hemophilia A for a market research study.
- PatientView and Health 2.0 are looking for patients and carers to tell app developers how health apps can be improved to better meet the needs of patients and carers.
- HealthPulse is currently looking for patients with hemophilia A and a low titre inhibitor who are undergoing immune tolerance induction (ITI) therapy or who are currently being treated with a bypassing agent (Niastase, FEIBA).
Click here for more details on each of these market studies.
A CHS ally now president of SOGC
In this regard, she was significantly involved in the publication of The Management of Women with Bleeding Disorders prepared, in 2003, by the Subcommittee on Women with Bleeding Disorders for the Association of Hemophilia Clinic Directors of Canada (AHCDC of which she was affiliated. She also played an active role in the creation of the CHS coderouge program as a member of its Advisory Committee.
We are happy to share with you excerpts from her acceptance speech in which she affirms her dedication for bleeding disorders in women. Click here.
Products in the pipeline - NEW UPDATE (September 12, 2014)
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NEW - Identifying common joint & muscle bleeds
The Canadian Physiotherapists in Hemophilia Care (CPHC) have developed an information booklet designed to help people living with bleeding disorders identify common joint and muscle bleeds in their earliest stages, so that proper treatment can begin as soon as possible. It is written to help people of all ages perform a self-assessment and to help parents assess their children.
Click here to download the booklet.
If you want copies of the booklet, please contact the CHS national office.
Hemophilia Today - August 2014
E-novella spreading the word on bleeding disorders launched on Wattpad
Playing off the popular Harlequin romance genre, ‘A Negative’ tells the story of a young woman unknowingly living with von Willebrand disease. We’ve published the e-novella on Wattpad – the world’s largest online community of writers and readers – in order to connect with young women across Canada. This unique approach introduces the issue into a different medium, enabling us to speak to and educate an engaged but unsuspecting audience.
CLICK HERE for the press release.
You and your family depend on research...
A bandage is not enough.
HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT INHERITED BLEEDING DISORDERS.
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