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International Survey Finds Self-Administered Treatment on the Rise Among Hereditary Angioedema Patients
Date:11/8/2013

BALTIMORE, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- More patients with hereditary angioedema (HAE), a rare and potentially fatal genetic disorder, are being offered and opting for self-administration therapy, according to data from a new survey being presented at the 2013 American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Meeting. Of the HAE treatment centers surveyed in Europe, Canada and the United States, the majority (70 percent) reported that at least 50 percent of patients were now self-administering their therapy, and the HAE specialists who responded agreed that this treatment option is advantageous to patients, citing key benefits as time saved, independence and convenience.  

"HAE attacks can be serious, painful and frightening, and until recently they required most patients to travel to a clinic or emergency department for treatment, a time-consuming process that can increase the patient's anxiety," said Timothy J. Craig, D.O., Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Penn State University in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and one of the study's investigators. "Fortunately, three HAE therapies are now indicated for self-administration, which our survey confirmed has the potential to minimize the burden of disease for these patients because when faced with an attack, they can intervene earlier."

According to results of the 16-question, online survey, physicians agreed that all patients should be considered for self treatment if certain characteristics are met, including motivation, mental ability and clinical need. While all HAE centers included in the survey offer self-administration, centers in Europe and Canada provide self-administration training. Centers in the United States offer trai
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