I follow-up to our October 6, 2018 post describing emicizumab (HemLibra), I have correspondence dated 9/10/18 from Paul Riley, PhD, MBA, Stago Scientific Business Development Manager for North America. Paul writes, "I was wondering if you should put something on FF about emicizumab, like a survey to find out how people are deiling with it and if they have patients transitioning to that therapy. Here is some information I put together recenly on it in order to give good guidance to our customers when the have questions. There is another approval expected shortly for non-inhibitor patients transitioned over despite there having been several deaths reported recently in patients taking emicizumab." [Added by George, this approval is now in place. also, while it addressed the limitations of the one-stage clotting assay relative to extended half-life factor VIII, the results of our June, 2018 Quick Question, "How do you measure factor VIII?" have a direct bearing on the emicizumab issue] Paul provides this table for hemophilia A monitoring. Hemophilia A1 Therapy Classes and Monitoring FVIII Inhibitor? Y/N Y/N Y/N Prophylaxis Conventional half-life recombinant or plasma-derived FVIII concentrate Extended half-life recombinant FVIII concentrate Emicizumab Assay for measuring activity OSA or CSA2 OSA3 or CSA using human or bovine materials CSA with human materials or OSA using emicizumab calbrators and controls.4
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Oct 15, 2018 12:35pm
Oct 6, 2018 11:04am
I've attached an article from the September, 2018 issue of CAP Today describing the efficacy of emicizumab, Genentech's synthetic "bispecific" antibody designed to bypass factor VIII inhibitor in hemophilic boys. The article illustrates how emicizumab (HemLibra) is turning hemophilia therapy upside down.
Sep 11, 2018 7:04pm