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Introducing Team Novo8™

Have you ever wanted to connect with someone who is going
through a similar experience as you? Well, Team Novo8™ patient ambassadors are
here to share their personal stories with the hope of encouraging, motivating,
and providing support in your journey living with and managing hemophilia. Team
Novo8™ consists of a variety of people who have hemophilia and who want others
affected by hemophilia to know that they are not alone.
Team Novo8™ is involved in the hemophilia community and
actively participates in speaking engagements and community initiatives on
behalf of Novo Nordisk. Team Novo8™ patient ambassadors hope to learn more
about the needs of the hemophilia community and better understand the
challenges and personal successes they have experienced.
Meet one of the Team Novo8™ patient ambassadors—Shawn. He is
an energetic public speaker, writer, musician, and health education instructor.
When he was 2 years old, Shawn was diagnosed with moderate hemophilia A after
his parents noticed some unexplained bruising. Because he was diagnosed at such
a young age, Shawn developed lifelong relationships with his doctors and
nurses. He travels with his partner, Gwenn, to speak at colleges about nurturing
loving relationships while living with medical conditions.
Brian, Alfredo, Arther, Shawn, Daniel, Tyler, and Eric
(clockwise from top left) live with hemophilia A
Team Novo8™ offers a unique perspective on managing
hemophilia. Overall, patient ambassadors from Team Novo8™ have found that
Novoeight® fits into their lifestyle and they want to help inspire other
patients and caregivers with their stories. Learn more about the patient
ambassadors on Team Novo8™ by visiting Novoeight.com.
A Hemophilia Community Specialist (HCS) is also an
excellent source of support and can direct you to many helpful resources,
including learning more about the Team Novo8™ ambassadors. Find your local HCS
by visiting Novoeight.com.
Team Novo8™.
Personal stories. Authentic connections.
Indications and Usage
Novoeight®
(Antihemophilic Factor [Recombinant]) is an injectable medicine used to control
and prevent bleeding in people with hemophilia A. Your healthcare provider may
give you Novoeight® when you have surgery.
Novoeight®
is not used to treat von Willebrand Disease.
Important Safety Information
You
should not use Novoeight® if you are allergic to factor VIII or any
of the other ingredients of Novoeight® or if you are allergic to
hamster proteins.
Call
your healthcare provider right away and stop treatment if you get any of the
following signs of an allergic reaction: rashes or hives, difficulty breathing
or swallowing, tightness of the chest, swelling of the lips and tongue,
light-headedness, dizziness or loss of consciousness, pale and cold skin, fast
heartbeat, or red or swollen face or hands.
Before
taking Novoeight®, you should tell your healthcare provider if you
have or have had any medical conditions, take any medicines (including
non-prescription medicines and dietary supplements), are nursing, pregnant or
planning to become pregnant, or have been told that you have inhibitors to
factor VIII.
Your
body can make antibodies called “inhibitors” against Novoeight®,
which may stop Novoeight® from working properly. Call your
healthcare provider right away if your bleeding does not stop after taking
Novoeight®.
Common
side effects of Novoeight® include swelling or itching at the
location of injection, changes in liver tests, and fever.
Please
click here for Prescribing Information.
Novoeight
is a prescription medication.
You
are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the
FDA.  Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or
call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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