Hemophilia Specialties

At APS, we have an experienced team of pharmacists and registered nurses to help you with your hemophilia needs.  We take care of patients in any age group, newborns through adulthood and in any stage of Hemophilia A or B Mild, Moderate or Severe. We have 24/7 emergency services in place to assist with any break through bleeds or emergency bleeding episodes. We take care of all your needs to  ensure a “worry free” environment. We will supply all ancillary supplies needed and the nursing care to complete the home infusions. Our nurses will keep the patient and their family educated on home infusion, hemophilia and everyday living. For more information on how to get started today please call 570.208.0277.

Hematology background:

Hematology, also spelled haematology (from the Greek αἷμα, haima “blood” and -λoγία), is the branch of medicine concerned with the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases related to the blood. Hematology includes the study of etiology.It involves treating diseases that affect the production of blood and its components, such as blood cells, hemoglobin, blood proteins, and the mechanism of coagulation. The laboratory work that goes into the study of blood is frequently performed by a medical technologist. Hematologists also conduct studies in oncology—the medical treatment of cancer. 

Physicians specialized in hematology are known as hematologists or haematologists. Their routine work mainly includes the care and treatment of patients with hematological diseases, although some may also work at the hematology laboratory viewing blood films and bone marrow slides under the microscope, interpreting various hematological test results and blood clotting test results. In some institutions, hematologists also manage the hematology laboratory. Physicians who work in hematology laboratories, and most commonly manage them, are pathologists specialized in the diagnosis of hematological diseases, referred to as hematopathologists or haematopathologists. Hematologists and hematopathologists generally work in conjunction to formulate a diagnosis and deliver the most appropriate therapy if needed. Hematology is a distinct subspecialty of internal medicine, separate from but overlapping with the subspecialty of medical oncology. Hematologists may specialize further or have special interests.

All hemophilia medication used to be derived from human plasma, which was dangerous for people with hemophilia. In the 1980s many people, as many as 80% of people with hemophilia, contracted the HIV virus. However, with the approval of recombinant DNA technology to produce factor using other animal cells, infusing with factor has become much safer.

There are still a few types of hemophilia that require human plasma derived factor. The viral inactivation process is pretty thorough, and these medications are generally considered safe.

There are several large pharmaceutical companies that manufacture blood coagulation factor. These are a few of the brand name factors out there that APS can provide:

Factor for VIII deficiency

Product name Source
Helixate ®FS
Kogenate®FS
Advate®
Recombinate®
ReFacto®
Koate®-DVI
Monoclate-P®
Hemofil M®
recombinant
recombinant
recombinant
recombinant
recombinant
plasma
plasma
plasma

Factor for IX deficiency

Product name Source
Mononine®
AlphaNine® SD
BeneFIX®
Profilnine® SD
Bebulin® VH
plasma
plasma
recombinant
plasma
plasma

Factor for von Willebrand’s disease

Product name Source
Alphanate®
Humate®-P
plasma
plasma