Loek changed FVIIIs – is this difficult,
Your safety and wellbeing are paramount to your healthcare team, and they will weigh your options very carefully when considering a change to a different FVIII treatment. Be sure to explain in detail what you want to achieve from your treatment, so that your doctor can match your protection levels to your needs and lifestyle.
The downside to not exploring other options in partnership with your doctor is that you may end up trying to fit your life awkwardly around the demands of your treatment. This is what happened to Loek, who found himself skipping doses because he found managing his dosing schedule too difficult. There was a solution for Loek, and there could be a solution for you too.
In 2018, the HemACTIVE survey investigated the reasons why people with hemophilia are most likely to change products (see graph).1,*
This research shows that people with hemophilia responding to this survey want products that enable them to infuse less often, that offer longer levels of protection for activities, or provide increased protection from bleeds.1 If these reasons for changing products resonate with you, speak to your doctor. They can help you to aim higher and find the right FVIII treatment for you.
Want to aim higher? Click here to learn the 8 things you need to discuss with your doctor.
- Skinner MW, O’Hara J, Mathew P, Nugent D. Persons with hemophilia reinforce their desire to be more active: US findings from an international patient survey, The HemACTIVE survey, sponsored and conducted by a leading pharmaceutical research company: Poster presented at the 70th National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) Bleeding Disorders Conference: 11–13 October 2018; Orlando, Florida. *Adult patients at least 18 years of age; diagnosed with moderate or severe hemophilia A; not currently diagnosed with clinically significant inhibitors; currently manage their condition with prophylaxis or on-demand treatment. Return to content