In 2005, when I first sat with US families with inhibitors and listened—really listened—to their challenges, I was blown away. First, by how much they struggle: standard factor doesn’t work to clot the blood, different treatment protocols sometimes fail, children are on prescription painkillers, with ports and surgeries. Second, by how separated they were from the rest of the community, shunned almost. “No one understands our challenges,” one mother told me, “and when we share, they back away.” Hemophilia with inhibitors was almost like a separate disorder. Third, I was amazed by how stoic and strong these families are! And even more amazed by the lack of resources for them.
I’m happy to say so much has changed in the US since 2005. We now have inhibitor summits, financial aid programs, books, and even a camp! All for families with inhibitors. At long last, our hemophilia community has embraced the inhibitor families, and we’ve united.
When I learned about the struggles of inhibitor families, I vowed to write a comprehensive guide to dealing with and living with inhibitors—and I did! From the interviews for Managing Your Child’s Inhibitor emerged the need for a summer camp. A colleague took that idea and eventually did just that. What will knowing the needs of the inhibitor community lead you to do?
Begin by ordering these free resources and enrolling in the patient assistance programs. Having inhibitors is tough enough, but knowing there are colleagues and professionals waiting to help you will ease the path forward.
Managing Your Child’s Inhibitor
Laureen A. Kelley and Paul Clement
Written by parents of children with hemophilia, this comprehensive resource is the first and only book about inhibitors in the world. From the parents’ and patients’ point of view, it extensively covers topics such as pain management, surgery, family life, products, and treatment regimens. Published by LA Kelley Communications, Inc. with funding by an unrestricted grant from Novo Nordisk.
To order: www.kelleycom.com
The Great Inhibinator!
Chris Perretti Barnes
This richly illustrated storybook introduces a preschool boy with hemophilia and an inhibitor. He manages his feelings by becoming a Halloween superhero called the
Great Inhibinator. Written by the mother of a child with hemophilia and inhibitors. For ages 4–7. Sponsored by Bayer HealthCare and BioRX.
To order: www.biorx.net
Inhibitor Education Summits
The only national educational forums for inhibitor patients to meet and learn about their rare complication. Offers lectures from experts in the field and interactive forums with parents and patients. National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) provides these summits only for people living with inhibitors, covering most travel expenses for participants.
Funded through a grant from Novo
Nordisk Inc. and Baxalta Incorporated.
For info: www.hemophilia.org
Inhibitor Family Camp
Camp addresses the unique needs of children with active inhibitors, and their families. The full weekend of education, support, and fun is held twice yearly, with camper costs covered. Funding provided by Novo Nordisk Inc. Camp is designed and operated by Comprehensive Health Education Services.
For info: www.comphealthed.com
FINANCIAL & PRODUCT ASSISTANCE
Novo Nordisk’s NovoSecure is a comprehensive patient support program for patients with hemophilia A, hemophilia A or B with inhibitors, factor VII deficiency, acquired hemophilia, Glanzmann’s thrombasthenia, or factor XIII deficiency, regardless of product choice. Replacing SevenSECURE®, NovoSecure allows enrollees to apply for a variety of programs, including
• Competitive scholarship program
• Life coaching with HeroPath™
• Career counseling
• Insurance support
Novo Nordisk also offers product and copay assistance programs to eligible patients who have been prescribed Novo Nordisk products.
For info: www.mynovosecure.com
CARE (Coverage, Assistance, Resources, and Education) to help patients take control of their healthcare needs through insurance and product assistance. Copay or coinsurance support may be available to reduce out-of-pocket costs associated with a Baxalta product.
Baxalta Resource Helpline 888-229-8379
To enroll in CARE: 855-322-6282