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Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis. 2000 Apr;11(3):255-9.

Human coagulation factor FVIIa (recombinant) in the management of limb-threatening bleeds unresponsive to alternative therapies: results from the NovoSeven emergency-use programme in patients with severe haemophilia or with acquired inhibitors.

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Division of Pediatrics, Haemotology/Oncology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York 10029, USA.


This open-label, emergency-use study evaluated the efficacy and safety of activated human coagulation factor VIIa (recombinant) (rFVIIa) (NovoSeven; Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Inc., New Jersey, USA) in treating limb-threatening joint or muscle bleeds in 17 patients with haemophilia A or B and six patients with acquired inhibitors to factor VIII or factor IX. All patients had previously failed on one or more alternative therapies. rFVIIa administration was effective or partially effective in controlling joint or muscle bleeds in 34 out of 35 (97%) bleeding episodes; in 23 patients, 14 of 17 (82%) muscle bleeds and 16 of 18 (89%) joint bleeds were effectively controlled. These findings suggest that rFVIIa is an effective and well-tolerated therapeutic option in the management of joint or muscle haemorrhage in patients with haemophilia and in patients with acquired inhibitors.

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