Inhibitors make it more difficult to stop a bleeding episode because they prevent the treatment from working. If you have hemophilia or VWD type 3, it is important to be tested for inhibitors once a year. People with hemophilia have a better quality of life today than ever before, but medical complications can still occur. Approximately 1 in 5 people with hemophilia A 1 and about 3 in people with hemophilia B 2 will develop an antibody—called an inhibitor—to the treatment product medicine used to treat or prevent their bleeding episodes. People with VWD type 3 may also develop inhibitors. Developing an inhibitor is one of the most serious and costly medical complications of a bleeding disorder because it becomes more difficult to treat bleeds.
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Amplification of the coagulation cascade to generate the thrombin burst that ultimately leads to stable clot formation is mediated by the intrinsic Xase complex. In the single-center phase 1 double-blinded, randomized control trial, pharmacokinetic studies showed an average half-life of In a separate trial of 18 Japanese patients with severe hemophilia A, once-weekly subcutaneous injections of ACE over the course of 12 consecutive weeks at 0.
There were no thromboembolic events observed. Antithrombin is an important negative regulator of excess thrombin formation via thrombin and fXa inhibition. Individuals with inherited or acquired deficiencies of antithrombin have an increased risk for thrombosis.
The siRNA technology allows for targeted interference of post-transcription gene expression at sites of endogenous protein production of specific genes by interfering with mRNA translation. In the multicenter phase 1 trial, no thromboembolic events or significant alterations in thrombotic parameters occurred in healthy adult volunteers or patients with moderate or severe hemophilia A and B after a single subcutaneous dose of ALN-AT3.
Inhibition of natural anticoagulants. Preclinical studies in a rabbit hemophilia A model demonstrated reduced cuticle bleeding after Concizumab administration. All patients remained on their standard on-demand or prophylaxis regimens with factor products during the trial. There were no antidrug antibodies formed or serious adverse events observed.
Aptamers are single-stranded oligonucleotides that bind a specific target protein with high affinity. The aptamer improved whole-blood clotting times, clot formation, and thrombin generation in plasmas of patients with hemophilia A and B.
There have been other bioengineered extended half-life rfVIIa products, including glycopegylated rfVIIa N7-GP and BAY, developed; however, the clinical trials were prematurely stopped because of a lack of a dose-response or development of neutralizing antidrug antibodies with rfVIIa cross-reactivity in a patient with hemophilia with inhibitors. In a phase 2 open-labeled trial, rpfVIII demonstrated hemostatic efficacy and safety in 9 patients with congenital hemophilia A and inhibitors. Conclusions Inhibitors remain a challenging complication of treatment in patients with hemophilia.
The process of inhibitor eradication through immune tolerance therapy is the standard of care and optimal long-term strategy for prevention of future bleeds and restoration of factor efficacy. However, ITI is a time-intensive and costly commitment that can impose substantial psychological and financial stressors on families.
There are currently limited available agents beyond the BPAs to prevent and treat bleeding in inhibitor patients who have frequent bleeding episodes, fail ITI, relapse, or present with poor-risk features at high risk for ITI failure.
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