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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Introducing Team Novo8™

Have you ever wanted to connect with someone who is going through a similar experience as you? Well, Team Novo8™ patient ambassadors are here to share their personal stories with the hope of encouraging, motivating, and providing support in your journey living with and managing hemophilia. Team Novo8™ consists of a variety of people who have hemophilia and who want others affected by hemophilia to know that they are not alone.

Team Novo8™ is involved in the hemophilia community and actively participates in speaking engagements and community initiatives on behalf of Novo Nordisk. Team Novo8™ patient ambassadors hope to learn more about the needs of the hemophilia community and better understand the challenges and personal successes they have experienced.

Meet one of the Team Novo8™ patient ambassadors—Shawn. He is an energetic public speaker, writer, musician, and health education instructor. When he was 2 years old, Shawn was diagnosed with moderate hemophilia A after his parents noticed some unexplained bruising. Because he was diagnosed at such a young age, Shawn developed lifelong relationships with his doctors and nurses. He travels with his partner, Gwenn, to speak at colleges about nurturing loving relationships while living with medical conditions.

Brian, Alfredo, Arther, Shawn, Daniel, Tyler, and Eric
(clockwise from top left) live with hemophilia A
Team Novo8™ offers a unique perspective on managing hemophilia. Overall, patient ambassadors from Team Novo8™ have found that Novoeight® fits into their lifestyle and they want to help inspire other patients and caregivers with their stories. Learn more about the patient ambassadors on Team Novo8™ by visiting

A Hemophilia Community Specialist (HCS) is also an excellent source of support and can direct you to many helpful resources, including learning more about the Team Novo8™ ambassadors. Find your local HCS by visiting

Team Novo8™.
Personal stories. Authentic connections.

Indications and Usage
Novoeight® (Antihemophilic Factor [Recombinant]) is an injectable medicine used to control and prevent bleeding in people with hemophilia A. Your healthcare provider may give you Novoeight® when you have surgery.

Novoeight® is not used to treat von Willebrand Disease.

Important Safety Information
You should not use Novoeight® if you are allergic to factor VIII or any of the other ingredients of Novoeight® or if you are allergic to hamster proteins.

Call your healthcare provider right away and stop treatment if you get any of the following signs of an allergic reaction: rashes or hives, difficulty breathing or swallowing, tightness of the chest, swelling of the lips and tongue, light-headedness, dizziness or loss of consciousness, pale and cold skin, fast heartbeat, or red or swollen face or hands.

Before taking Novoeight®, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any medical conditions, take any medicines (including non-prescription medicines and dietary supplements), are nursing, pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or have been told that you have inhibitors to factor VIII.

Your body can make antibodies called “inhibitors” against Novoeight®, which may stop Novoeight® from working properly. Call your healthcare provider right away if your bleeding does not stop after taking Novoeight®.

Common side effects of Novoeight® include swelling or itching at the location of injection, changes in liver tests, and fever.

Please click here for Prescribing Information.

Novoeight is a prescription medication.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.  Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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