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GBT Launches Foundation to Help Underserved Patient Communities

Seeking to improve the health and life quality of underserved sickle cell disease (SCD) communities internationally, Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT) has established The GBT Foundation. Created in part to mark the company’s 10 anniversary, the foundation will fund programs around the world that support SCD patients, their families,…

New Institute Aims to Leave No Rare Disease Patient Behind

A newly launched non-profit institute is seeking to advance research, and the development of new therapies, for people with rare diseases — a patient community with some of the largest therapeutic needs, but one that is often left behind. Named the Institute for Life Changing Medicines, the project was…

Ferriprox Approved in Brazil to Treat Iron Overload in SCD Patients

Regulators in Brazil have approved Ferriprox (deferiprone), Chiesi Global Rare Diseases’ iron-binding oral treatment, for blood transfusion-induced iron overload in people with sickle cell disease (SCD) or other anemias. Ferriprox’s use was also approved in combination with other iron-binding, or iron-chelating, treatments for people with thalassemia major, a severe…

Group Focuses on Rare Disease Clinical Trial Participation

Participation in clinical trials exposes rare disease patients to financial, physical, and emotional pressures, according to the results of a patient focus group series. “Rare disease trial participants are running an endurance race they are highly motivated to complete, but these incremental burdens negatively impact their ability or willingness to…

SCD Clinical Trials Network Welcomes First Research Sites

Several clinical research sites seeking to find new treatments for people with sickle cell disease (SCD) are joining a collaborative network created by the American Society of Hematology Research Collaborative (ASH RC). The initiative, called ASH RC Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Trials Network, has already engaged about 24,000 patients…

Awareness Month Targets Research, Education – and Blood Donations

Since Sept. 21, 1983, when then-President Ronald Reagan’s proclamation created National Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month, advocates, patients, family members, doctors, and others impacted by sickle cell disease (SCD) have been pushing for increased research and awareness, and better treatments. This year will be no different, as virtual,…