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Health-related quality-of-life and treatment satisfaction of individuals with hemophilia A treated with turoctocog alfa pegol (N8-GP): a new recombinant extended half-life FVIII

Authors Kearney S, Raffini LJ, Pham TP, Lee XY, von Mackensen S, Landorph A, Takedani H, Oldenburg J

Received 27 November 2018

Accepted for publication 26 February 2019

Published 9 April 2019 Volume 2019:13 Pages 497—513


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen

Susan Kearney,1,* Leslie J Raffini,2 Tan P Pham,3 Xin Ying Lee,4 Sylvia von Mackensen,5,* Andrea Landorph,6 Hideyuki Takedani,7 Johannes Oldenburg8

1Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders, Children’s Hospital Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA; 2Division of Hematology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA; 3Mapi (an Icon plc company), Boston, MA, USA; 4Global Biopharm Patient Access, Biopharm Operations, Novo Nordisk A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark; 5Department of Medical Psychology, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany; 6Medical & Science, Biopharm Operations, Novo Nordisk A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark; 7Department of Joint Surgery, Research Hospital of the Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; 8Institute of Experimental Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, University Clinic Bonn, Bonn, Germany

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Background: Prophylactic treatment regimens lead to improvements in health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) among individuals with hemophilia. Turoctocog alfa pegol (N8-GP) provides the benefit of extending the duration of protection from bleeding and reducing the number of injections, which is expected to impact HRQoL and treatment satisfaction (TS).
Aim: To investigate the HRQoL and TS of patients with severe hemophilia A from two phase III trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of N8-GP.
Methods: HRQoL was assessed using the Haemo-QoL (reported by children and their parents) and Haem-A-QoL (reported by adults). TS was assessed using Hemo-Sat. Domain and total scores for all questionnaires ranged from 0 to 100, with lower scores indicating a better HRQoL or TS. A negative change in score indicates an improvement in HRQoL/TS.
Results: Mean changes in HRQoL scores were reported for 14 children aged 4–7 years, 21 children aged 8–11 years, 10 adolescents aged 13–16 years, and 163 adults (17 years and above). Mean changes in children/adolescents-reported Haemo-QoL total score were -14.0 for ages 4–7 years, -3.6 for ages 8–11 years, and -0.1 for ages 13–16 years. Mean changes in parent-reported Haemo-QoL total scores were -11.5 for 4–7 years, -8.6 for ages 8–11 years, and -4.0 for 13–16 years. Adults’ mean change in Haem-A-QoL total score was -3.1 for those receiving on-demand treatment and -2.3 for those receiving prophylaxis treatment. High levels of TS with N8-GP were reported by parents of children/adolescents and the adults at the end of the trial.
Conclusion: While most patients reported a relatively good baseline HRQoL when entering the respective trials, the HRQoL of patients was either maintained or further improved when treated with N8-GP. Adults and parents of children and adolescents reported a high level of treatment satisfaction with N8-GP.

Keywords: hemophilia A, turoctocog alfa pegol, health-related quality-of-life, children, adults, treatment satisfaction

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