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Novel therapeutics for hemophilia and other bleeding disorders

Michael U. Callaghan, Robert Sidonio and Steven W. Pipe

Abstract

Hemophilia and von Willebrand disease are the most common congenital bleeding disorders. Treatment of these disorders has focused on replacement of the missing coagulation factor to prevent or treat bleeding. New technologies and insights into hemostasis have driven the development of many promising new therapies for hemophilia and von Willebrand disease. Emerging bypass agents including zymogen-like factor IXa and Xa molecules are in development and a bispecific antibody, emicizumab, demonstrated efficacy in a phase 3 trial in people with hemophilia A and inhibitors. Tissue factor pathway inhibitor, the protein C/S system, and antithrombin are targets of novel compounds in development to alter the hemostatic balance and new approaches using modified factor VIII molecules are being tested for prevention and eradication of inhibitor antibodies in hemophilia A. The first recombinant von Willebrand factor (VWF) product has been approved and has unique VWF multimer content and does not contain factor VIII. These new approaches may offer better routes of administration, improved dosing regimens, and better efficacy for prevention and treatment of bleeding in congenital bleeding disorders.

  • Submitted August 31, 2017.
  • Accepted April 17, 2018.
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