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Current difficulties and recent advances in bypass therapy for the management of hemophilia with inhibitors: a new and practical formulation of recombinant factor VIIa

Authors Butros L, Boayue K, Mathew P

Published 12 May 2011 Volume 2011:5 Pages 275—282


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Linda Butros, Koh Boayue, Prasad Mathew
The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Abstract: Bypassing agents are the mainstay of treatment for patients with hemophilia with high-titer inhibitors. Whereas the availability of these agents has greatly advanced the management of bleeding episodes in this population, timely administration of bypassing agents continues to be hampered by a number of practical limitations, including the need for refrigerated storage of the agent and its reconstitution at room temperature prior to administration, among others. In this review, the importance of early treatment of bleeds and factors that influence this more timely therapeutic approach are highlighted, together with the advantages offered by the use of a new formulation of recombinant activated factor VII that permits improved storage and portability, potentially optimizing timely bypassing agent administration.

Keywords: hemophilia, inhibitors, bleeding, treatment, patients, recombinant factor VIIIa

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